Thomas HEYWARD, Jr.
HEYWARD, Thomas, Jr., a Delegate from South Carolina; born in St. Luke’s Parish, S.C., July 28, 1746; pursued academic studies; studied law, Middle Temple, London, England; lawyer, private practice; farmer; member of the commons house of assembly of South Carolina, 1772; delegate to the provincial convention, 1774; member of the council of safety, 1775-1776; member of the South Carolina, general assembly, 1776-1778; Member of the Continental Congress, 1776-1778; signer of the Declaration of Independence; member of the South Carolina state constitutional committee, 1776; served in the South Carolina state house of representatives, 1778-1780 and 1782-1790; South Carolina militia, Revolutionary War; British prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War; judge of the circuit court, 1785-1789; member of the South Carolina state constitutional convention, 1790; died on April 17, 1809, in St. Luke’s Parish, S.C.; interment in the Heyward Family Cemetery, St. Luke’s Parish, S.C.
BibliographyThomson, Glendon Bruce. “‘Our Sacred Honor’: The Great Planters of the South Carolina Low Country, 1780-1810.” M. A. Thesis, University of New Brunswick (Canada), 1993; Salley, Alexander Samuel. Delegates to the Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1774-1789. Columbia, S.C.: Printed for the Commission by the State Company, 1927.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present