U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator. At the age of fifteen, he joined a volunteer corps of the Cavalry in the Continental Army and served in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he made a surveying tour through Kentucky and Tennessee in 1783. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1785, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1786 and practiced law in Ninety-Sixth District, South Carolina. He was a member South Carolina State House of Representatives, (1790-95), elected as a Federalist to the Third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander Gillon, reelected to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Congresses, serving (1795-1801). An unsuccessful candidate for reelection, he engaged in the practice of law and served as a Major General in the U.S. Army, during the War of 1812. In 1815, he was elected as a Federalist to the U.S. Senate, serving until his resignation in 1816. After leaving the Senate, he traveled extensively in Europe, (1819-20) and practiced law until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith