Statesman; born in the British West Indies
in 1722; was taken to Charleston, S. C.
, in early youth; became a successful lawyer, and in 1766 the crown appointed him associate judge.
An earnest patriot, he was one of the committee of safety at Charleston
in 1775, and in 1776 he was one of a committee to draft a constitution for the province.
opposed the national Constitution, and said in a speech, “I wish no other epitaph than this: ‘Here lies one who opposed the federal Constitution, holding it to be fatal to the liberties of his country.’
” He died in Charleston, S. C.
, Aug. 24, 1800.