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Isaac MOTTE

(1738-1795)

MOTTE, Isaac, a Delegate from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., December 8, 1738; appointed ensign in His Majesty’s Sixtieth Royal American Regiment, December 19, 1756, and promoted to lieutenant April 15, 1759; served in Canada in the French and Indian War in 1756; resigned and returned to Charleston in 1766; member of the house of commons in 1772; delegate to the provincial congresses of 1774, 1775, and 1776; during the Revolution was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Second South Carolina (Continental) Regiment June 17, 1775, and was promoted to the rank of colonel September 16, 1776; resigned on election to the privy council in 1779; elected to the assembly from Charleston in 1779; Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782; delegate to the state convention that ratified the Federal Constitution on May 23, 1788; appointed naval officer for the port of Charleston by General Washington; died in Charleston, S.C., May 8, 1795; interment in St. Philip’s Churchyard.

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

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