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Wade HAMPTON

(1752-1835)

HAMPTON, Wade, (grandfather of Wade Hampton [1818-1902]), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Virginia in 1752; received a thorough education; engaged in agricultural pursuits; moved to South Carolina; served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant colonel of the regiment of light dragoons in General Sumter’s brigade of State troops; served in the state assembly, 1779-1786 and 1791; elected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1797); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; elected to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; colonel in the United States Army in 1808; appointed brigadier general in February 1809 and major general March 2, 1813; served in the War of 1812 until April 6, 1814, when he resigned; died in Columbia, S.C., on February 4, 1835; interment in Trinity Churchyard, Columbia, S.C.

Bibliography

Bridwell, Ronald Edward. “The South’s Wealthiest Planter: Wade Hampton I of South Carolina, 1754-1835.” Ph.D. diss., University of South Carolina, 1980; Cauthern, Charles Edward, ed. Family Letters of the Three Wade Hamptons, 1782-1901. South Carolina Sesquicentennial Series, No. 4. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1953.

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

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