William Lowndes Edit Profile
He represented the state in the U.S. Congress from 1811 to May 8, 1822, when he resigned. William J. Lowndes first served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1804 to 1808. He was for four years Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the US House.
He also assisted in the creation of the second national bank. U.S. President James Madison offered Lowndes the post of Secretary of the Treasury in 1816, but Lowndes declined and Madison appointed William Harris Crawford. The South Carolina state legislature nominated Lowndes in 1821 as a Presidential candidate for the election of 1824.
William Lowndes resigned from the U.S. Congress in May 1822 and died of illness on October 27, 1822, while en route to England. He was buried at sea. In March–April 1824, William Lowndes was honored with a single vote at the Democratic-Republican Party Caucus to be the party's candidate for the Office of U.S. Vice President for the upcoming 1824 U.S. Presidential Election.
While it was not a vote for the Office of U.S. President as implied by the South Carolina State Legislature back in 1821, William Lowndes was still given this posthumous honor. William Lowndes developed Lowndes' Apportionment Method. Lowndesville, South Carolina.
And Lowndes County in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama are named in his honor.
Member South Carolina. House of Representatives, 1806-1810. Member United States House of Representatives from South Carolina., 12th-17th congresses, 1811-May 8, 1822.
Married Elizabeth Pinckney, September 16, 1802.