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William Henry Drayton

Continental congressman , jurist

William Henry Drayton, American Continental congressman, jurist. member Government's Council of Province of South Carolina., 1772-1775, president, 1775, suspended for again protesting appointment system; member Continental Congress from South Carolina., 1778-1779.

Background

Drayton, William Henry was born in September 1742 in “Drayton Hall,” near Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of John and Charlotte (Bull) Drayton.

Education

Attended Westminster School, also Balliol College, Oxford (England) University.

Career

Admitted to South Carolina. bar, 1764. Became member South Carolina. Assembly, 1765; appointed privy councilor South Carolina. by King George III, 1770, suspended for protesting system of filling government positions with appointees from England.

Member Government's Council of Province of South Carolina., 1772-1775, president, 1775, suspended for again protesting appointment system. Assistant judge Colony of South Carolina., 1774-1775. President South Carolina.

Provincial Congress, 1775. Commander of armed ship Prosper, actively engaged British sloops Tamar and Cherokee (beginning revolutionary hostilities in South), summer 1775. Chief justice South Carolina.

Supreme Court, 1776; member Continental Congress from South Carolina., 1778-1779. Author: A Memoir of the American Revolution from its Commencement to the Year 1776 as Relating to South Carolina, 1821.

Works

  • Author: A Memoir of the American Revolution from its Commencement to the Year 1776 as Relating to South Carolina, 1821.

Membership

Member Government's Council of Province of South Carolina., 1772-1775, president, 1775, suspended for again protesting appointment system. Member Continental Congress from South Carolina., 1778-1779.

Connections

Married Dorothy Golightly, March 29, 1764.

father:
John Drayton

mother:
Charlotte (Bull) Drayton

spouse:
Dorothy Golightly