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Clergyman

Henry Holcombe, American clergyman. Served in Revolutionary War; member South Carolina. Convention which ratified United States Constitution, 1788.

Background

Holcombe, Henry was born on September 22, 1762 in Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States. Son of Grimes and Elizabeth (Buzbee) Holcombe.

Education

Doctor of Divinity and A.M. (honorary), Brown U., 1800. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, South Carolina.

Career

Served in Revolutionary War. Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1785. Member South Carolina.

Convention which ratified United States Constitution, 1788. Founder Beaufort College, 1795-1799, Savannah Female Asylum (orphanage), 1801. Founder, editor Analytical Repository.

Helped found Baptist Academy, Mount Enon, Burke County, Georgia, 1804, Georgia Baptist Missionary Society, 1806. An originator of penitentiary system which abolished death sentence for ordinary crimes. Baptized 1st white person ever immersed in Savannah, Ga.

Membership

Served in Revolutionary War. Member South Carolina. Convention which ratified United States Constitution, 1788.

Connections

Married Frances Tanner, 1786.

father:
Grimes Holcombe

mother:
Elizabeth (Buzbee) Holcombe

spouse:
Frances Tanner