Charles Pinckney, Signer of US Constitution, Indenture Signed
Pinckney, Charles (1757-1824). Approx. 11.75 x 18 in., June 2, 1788, [Charleston]. Indenture for 100 acres of land from Frances Pinckney and Rebecca Motte to William Clay Snipes, witnessed by Thomas Pinckney Jr. and Charles Pinckney.
Charles Pinckney was born in Charles Town (Charleston), SC to a planter and lawyer of some means, and followed his father's career. He was elected to the Continental Congress (1777-1778) and shortly after began practicing law. The Revolutionary War, however, put everything on hold - career, marriage, etc. He was captured when Charleston fell and held as a POW until June 1781.
He returned to the Continental Congress in 1784, and served in the state legislature for several terms. He went to the Constitutional Convention, although his contributions to the document are somewhat disputed. He was certainly a contributor to the debates and influenced some of the votes. He does seem to have been responsible for the clause that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." He went on to chair South Carolina's constitutional convention, and serve as President of the state senate. He was also governor of South Carolina for three terms (1789-1792, 1796-1798, 1806-1808) and represented his state in both the US Senate (1798-1801) and House (1819-1821). In addition he would be the Minister to Spain (1802-1804) during John Adams' administration. After his term in the US House, he retired from politics, and died in his home in Charleston in 1824.
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