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William Ford DE SAUSSURE

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DE SAUSSURE, William Ford, a Senator from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., February 22, 1792; graduated from Harvard University in 1810; studied law; admitted to the bar and practiced in Charleston and Columbia, S.C.; member, State house of representatives 1846; judge of the chancery court 1847; appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of R. Barnwell Rhett and served from May 10, 1852, to March 3, 1853; resumed the practice of law in Columbia; trustee of South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia for many years; died in Columbia, Richland County, S.C., March 13, 1870; interment in Presbyterian Churchyard.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present