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Henry Laurens

Henry Laurens, American Continental congressman, diplomat. member South Carolina. Provincial Commons House, 1757-1776; member Continental Congress, 1777-1779, president, 1777-1778; member United States Constitutional Convention, 1787.

Background

  • Laurens, Henry was born on March 6, 1724 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of Jean Samuel and Esther (Grasset) Laurens.

  • Career

    • President Charleston Council of Safety, 1774, drafted form of association signed by those who favored independence, pres. President South Carolina. Exec; General Committee, 1775, vice pres.

      Minister to Holland, 1779. Acted as unofcl; minister to Britain, 1782-1783.

    Membership

    Member South Carolina. Provincial Commons House, 1757-1776. Member Continental Congress, 1777-1779, president, 1777-1778.

    Member United States Constitutional Convention, 1787.

    Connections

    • Married Eleanor Ball, July 6, 1750, 12 children including Henry, Martha, Eleanor, John.
    • father: Jean Samuel Laurens
    • mother: Esther (Grasset) Laurens
    • spouse: Eleanor Ball
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    Died December 8, 1792
    (aged 68)
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