Isaac Edward Holmes Edit Profile
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Holmes attended the common schools, received private tuition, and graduated from Yale College in 1815. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1818.
He commenced practice in Charleston. Holmes was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1851). He served as chairman of the Committee on Commerce (Twenty-eighth Congress) and Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-ninth Congress).
After his tenure in Congress, he practiced law in San Francisco, California from 1851 to 1854, when he returned to Charleston, South Carolina. He again resided in San Francisco 1857-1861. He returned to South Carolina in 1861 and was appointed a commissioner of the State to confer with the Federal Government prior to the outbreak of the Civil War.
He died in Charleston, South Carolina, February 24, 1867 and was interred in Circular Churchyard.
Member South Carolina. House of Representatives, 1826-1833. Member United States House of Representatives from South Carolina., 26th-31st congresses, 1839-1851, Chairman of Commission on naval affairs, 1846-1847.
Married Mary Fisher Holmes, 1818.