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Needham Law School MJ-2 | Marker History

Needham Law School Marker, MJ-2

Just east of here is Needham, location of Virginia's first proprietary law school and home of founder Judge Creed Taylor (1766-1836), politician, jurist, and legal educator. Taylor's law school at Needham, which opened in 1821 and closed by 1840, was Virginia's second law school and among the earliest in the United States. He trained more than 300 men for the law, including President John Tyler, Jr., several congressmen, and other prominent officials. Taylor was one of the first to use the moot court as a primary system of instruction. He is buried south of Needham in an unmarked grave.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 2000
Region: Southside Region
Geographic Location: Cumberland County
Physical Description of Location: Farmville, VA 23901. Located on Cumberland Road (Rt. 45), 1.2 miles north of the intersection of Cumberland Road (Rt. 45) and River Road (Rt. 36). Marker is on the right when traveling north on Cumberland Road (Rt. 45).
GPS Location: 37.3228739150,-78.3865045440
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