This past semester, William & Mary Law School received a gift of bronze two busts – one of John Marshall and one of George Wythe. For many years, these busts belonged to the Federal Bar Association in Washington, D.C. (In fact, at least one of the two busts was a gift from the Law School to the Federal Bar Association.)
The Federal Bar Association decided that it no longer wished to display the two busts and put them up for auction so that they might find a more congenial home. One of our alumni in Washington, D.C., bought them at auction and gave them to the Law School – along with the marble pedestals on which they are displayed. They are a great addition to the Law School Lobby and are featured prominently when you enter the building.
In person, the heads of both Marshall and Wythe appear worn. It is rumored that decades of passers-by have given them a pat on the head – perhaps for good luck!