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Monday, May 12, 2008

Portrait of a Man: C.C. Pinckney

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney is probably best known for his role as statesman and soldier during the War for American Independence. He was born on February 25, 1746, in Charleston, South Carolina. Although educated at Westminster and Oxford, he became intensely proud of his southern heritage. After his return to the colonies in 1769, he opened a law office in Charleston. His involvement in political matters began in 1775, when he became a member of the first South Carolina Provincial Congress. When the war began, he became a colonel in the South Carolina Militia. One of the men who fought under his command was my Gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather, John Boyd, a Scotch-Irish immigrant to South Carolina.

On this date in 1780, Col. Pinckney was captured, along with his entire command, when the British took Charleston. He was exchanged in 1782. After the war, he stoutly defended states rights and southern interest, a role which won him a place at the constitutional convention, which he attended. He died on August 16, 1825, after two unsuccessful bids for president on the Federalist ticket.

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