Patriot; born in Charleston, S. C.
, in 1724; was educated in England
; became a merchant in Charleston
; and a sturdy champion of the rights of the colonies.
He was a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress, and ever advocated openly republican principles.
He was also a member of the first Continental Congress.
Chosen a colonel in 1775, he was active in the defence of Charleston
in 1776, when he was made a brigadier-general.
He was active in civil affairs, and was one of the many civilians made prisoners by Sir Henry Clinton
and carried to St. Augustine
He was exchanged in 1781 and carried to Philadelphia
In 1782 he was elected governor of his State, but declined on account of infirmity.
He died in Charleston, S. C.
, Aug. 28, 1805.