William Leigh Pierce

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 10 Dec 1789 (aged 48–49)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 21120218 · View Source
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Continental Congressman. During the Revolution he served as aide to Nathanael Greene, and was commended for his conduct at the Battle of Eutaw Springs. He left the Army with the brevet rank of Major and settled in Savannah. In partnership with two other veterans he opened an import-export business and later began a new venture, William Pierce and Company. Pierce served in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1786 and was a Delegate to the Continental Congress from 1786 to 1787. In 1787 he was a Delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Pierce took part in debates, carrying one his points, the election of the House by popular vote and the Senate by the vote of state legislatures. He also kept a journal of the proceedings, including character sketches of his fellow delegates. This work was first published in 1788, was reprinted numerous times, and remains a valuable resource for information about the convention and biographical data on the delegates. Pierce left the convention to attend to pressing business before the adoption of the Constitution, and did not sign the document, but strenuously advocated for its ratification, including informing voters about the document by distributing throughout Georgia copies he purchased at his own expense. Pierce was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and was elected its Vice President in July, 1789.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 23 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21120218
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Leigh Pierce (1740–10 Dec 1789), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21120218, citing Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .