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John KERSHAW

(1765-1829)

KERSHAW, John, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Camden, Kershaw County, S.C., September 12, 1765; attended Rushworth School and Oxford College, England; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Camden, S.C.; engaged in planting and wheat milling; tobacco inspector in 1789; member of the constitutional convention in 1790; judge of the county court of Kershaw when first established in 1791; member of the State house of representatives in 1792-1794 and 1800-1801; mayor of Camden in 1798, 1801, 1811, and 1822; justice of quorum from Kershaw County in 1806; captain of the First South Carolina Light Dragoons; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Thirteenth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1814 to the Fourteenth Congress; engaged in the settling of his father’s estates and planting; died in Camden, S.C., August 4, 1829; interment in the Kershaw family burial ground.

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

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