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James Chesnut

James Chesnut, American senator. member lower house South Carolina. General Assembly from Kershaw County, 1840-1846, 47-48, 49-52; member South Carolina. Senate, 1852-1858, president, 56-58; member United States Senate from South Carolina., 1858-1860; member drafting committee South Carolina. Ordinance of Secession, 1860; member Executive Council South Carolina., 1861-1862.

Background

  • Chesnut, James was born on January 18, 1815 in Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. Son of James and Mary (Cox) Chesnut.

  • Education

    • Graduate Princeton, 1835.

    Career

    • Admitted to South Carolina. bar, 1837. Member lower house South Carolina. General Assembly from Kershaw County, 1840-1846, 47-48, 49-52.

      Member South Carolina. Senate, 1852-1858, president, 56-58. Member United States Senate from South Carolina., 1858-1860.

      Member drafting committee South Carolina. Ordinance of Secession, 1860. Expelled from United States Senate upon his appointment to Confederate Provisional Congress, July 11, 1861.

      Member Executive Council South Carolina., 1861-1862. Colonel cavalry Confederate Army on President Davis’ staff. Commissioned brigadier general in command South Carolina.

      Reserve Forces, 1864. Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1868. Chairman of the executive committee taxpayer’s convs., South Carolina.

      1871, 74; chairman Kershaw County Democratic Convention, 1876.

    Membership

    Member lower house South Carolina. General Assembly from Kershaw County, 1840-1846, 47-48, 49-52. Member South Carolina.

    Senate, 1852-1858, president, 56-58. Member United States Senate from South Carolina., 1858-1860. Member drafting committee South Carolina.

    Ordinance of Secession, 1860. Member Executive Council South Carolina., 1861-1862.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Miller, April.
    • father: James Chesnut
    • mother: Mary (Cox) Chesnut
    • spouse: Mary Miller
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    Died February 1, 1885
    (aged 70)
    Nationality