Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen, with Speeches, Addresses and Letters

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ARTHUR MIDDLETON.

No family in South Carolina has produced more distinguished public men than the Middletons. The Rutledges and Pinckneys have given the State greater men, but not so many of them. In the course of two hundred years, since the first settlement of South Carolina, there have been six generations of Middletons, all distinguished in political life. Edward Middleton, the founder of the family in America, came to South Carolina in 1680, and was a member of the Council under the Lords Proprietors, to whom the Province was granted by Charles II., king of Great Britain and Ireland. His son, Arthur Middleton, headed the Revolution of 1719, and transferred the government of the Province from the Lords Proprietors to the crown of England, and was afterwards appointed by the king Governor of the Province. He was elected President of the Convention which revolutionized the Province in 1719. His son, Henry Middleton, was President of the Continental Congress in 1775, and his son, Arthur Middleton, the subject of this sketch, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Henry Middleton, the son of Arthur, was Governor of South Carolina, a member of Congress, and Minister to Russia. His son, John Izard Middleton, was for many years a leading member of the Legislature of South Carolina and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Here are six generations of one family, lineal descendants of the original founder of the house in South Carolina, all highly distinguished for their talents, patriotism and public services. Besides these six lineal descendants, there were several other members of the Middleton family who were distinguished. Thomas Middleton,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • P R E F a C E. v
  • Introduction vii
  • An Outline Of Governor Perry's Life. 1
  • Editorial Comments. 13
  • Action of The House of Representatives Of South Carolina. 19
  • Proceedings Of The Greenville Bar. 27
  • Proceedings in The Court of Common Pleas. Greenville, April 6th, 1887. 37
  • Fourth of July Oration. 47
  • An Address 65
  • Address - Delivered Before the Literary Societies of Erskine College, Abbeville District, S. C., on the Fifth Anniversary, Sept. 18, 1844 85
  • Speech 111
  • Speech of B. F. Perry, Of South Carolina. 145
  • Address - To the Democracy of the Fifth Congressional District in South Carolina, May 28, 1860. 153
  • Disunion. 171
  • The National Democratic Convention in Charleston, 1860. 186
  • United States Senator. 190
  • National Restoration. 191
  • Editorials - Approving of the Nomination of Governor Perry for Congress. 204
  • The Ancients and the Moderns. - A Comparison 217
  • Sketches Of Eminent American Statemen. 243
  • John Adams. 248
  • John Rutledge. 254
  • William H. 270
  • Patrick Henry. 279
  • Alexander Hamilton. 289
  • Benjamin Franklin. 308
  • William Pinkney. 329
  • Thomas Jefferson. 339
  • James Madison. 350
  • John Randolph. 382
  • John Jay. 393
  • Oliver Ellsworth. 403
  • William Smith. 410
  • Henry Laurens. 420
  • Gouverneur Morris. 428
  • William Henry Drayton. 441
  • Charles Pickney. 447
  • Arthur Middleton. 454
  • Pierce Butler. 459
  • Theophilus Parsons. 478
  • David Ramsay. 496
  • Fisher Ames. 518
  • Felix Grundy. 546
  • Edward Livingston. 555
  • Wade Hampton. 564
  • Thomas Sumter. 570
  • Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. 577
  • Colonel Benjamin Roebuck. 592
  • Letter from Dr. F. Peyre Porcher. 599
  • Letter from James P. Adams. 600
  • Letter from Col. Joseph N. Brown, an Ex-Confederate Colonel. 601
  • Extract from a Letter Written by a Gentle Man in Charleston to Gov. Perry. 602
  • Monument to Governor Perry. 608
  • Index. 611
  • Errata. 613
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