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Henry Laurens

Continental congressman , diplomat

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