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Richard WINN

(1750-1818)

WINN, Richard, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Fauquier County, Va., in 1750; attended the common schools; moved to Georgia and then to Fairfield County in South Carolina in 1768; served as a clerk in a countinghouse; engaged in cotton buying and other mercantile pursuits, and was a land surveyor; entered the Revolutionary Army as a lieutenant and attained the rank of colonel of State militia; after the war was promoted to the rank of major general of militia; member, State assembly, 1779-1786; appointed superintendent of Indian affairs for the Creek Nation in 1788; elected to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); elected to the Seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas Sumter; reelected to the Eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 24, 1803, to March 3, 1813; moved to Tennessee in 1813; became a planter, and continued in the mercantile business until his death on his plantation at Duck River, Maury County, Tenn., December 19, 1818; interment at Winnsboro, Fairfield County, S.C.

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

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