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Henry Laurens PINCKNEY

(1794-1863)

PINCKNEY, Henry Laurens, (son of Charles Pinckney), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., September 24, 1794; attended private schools; was graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1812; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Charleston; member of the State house of representatives 1816-1832; founded the Charleston Mercury in 1819 and was its sole editor for fifteen years; intendant of Charleston 1830-1832; elected as a Nullifier to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1836; mayor of Charleston 1837-1840; collector of the port of Charleston in 1841 and 1842; tax collector of St. Philip’s and St. Michael’s parishes 1845-1863; died in Charleston, S.C., February 3, 1863; interment in the Circular Congregational Church Burying Ground.

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

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