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Charles Pinckney (1757–1824)
Representative, South Carolina General Assembly, 1779; Elected by South Carolina General Assembly as one of five South Carolinians to attend the May 1787 Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia; Contributed the “Pinckney Draft” to the Convention; Elected South Carolina Governor, 1789; Presided over the South Carolina State Constitutional Convention of 1790; Appointed to serve out U.S. Senator John Hunter’s term in November 1798; Served as Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain, 1801–1805; Elected Governor of South Carolina in December 1806 for a record fourth term.
Born on October 26, 1757, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Education: Enrolled in Middle Temple in London, but the American Revolution prevented him from attending; Studied in Charleston, under the tutelage of Dr. David Oliphant and later in the law office of his father.