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William Henry Trescot

William Henry Trescot, American historian, diplomat. member staffs Gov; member Exec.

Background

  • Trescot, William Henry was born on November 10, 1822 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of Henry and Sarah (McCrady) Trescot.

  • Education

    • Graduated from College of Charleston, 1841.

    Career

    • Admitted to South Carolina. bar, 1843. Appointed secretary legation in London, England., 1852-1857. Assistant United States secretary state, June-December 1860.

      Had important part in negotiations over Charleston forts. In Civil War, member staffs Governor Andrew Magarth and General Roswell S. Ripley, as a member Executive Council of South Carolina. Representative Anderson District in South Carolina.

      Legislature, 1862-1866. A counselor for United States before Halifax Fishery Commission, 1877. Went to China to arrange for modification of Burlingame Treaty regarding Chinese immigration, 1880.

      Concluded treaty with Colombia for the regulation of America rights in Isthmus of Panama, 1881. Appointed to negotiate a commercial treaty with Mexico, 1882 (never put in operation). Delegate to Pan-American Conference, 1889.

      Author: The Position and Course of the South (summary of social and economics view), 1850. Diplomatic History of the Administrations of Washington and Adams, 1857.

    Works

    • Author: The Position and Course of the South (summary of social and economics view), 1850. Diplomatic History of the Administrations of Washington and Adams, 1857.

    Membership

    Member staffs Gov; member Exec.

    Connections

    • Married Eliza Cuthbert, 1848, at least 5 children.
    • father: Henry Trescot
    • mother: Sarah (McCrady) Trescot
    • spouse: Eliza Cuthbert
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    Died March 4, 1898
    (aged 75)
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