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

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WILLIAM HENRY DRAYTON.

South Carolina has produced several sons bearing the name of Drayton, whom she has delighted to honor, and who have honored her by their talents, patriotism and statesmanship. William Drayton, LL. D., was born in 1733, and whilst South Carolina was a Province of Great Britain, he was appointed Chief Justice of Florida. During the Revolutionary war he was suspended from his high office by royal authority, no doubt on account of his sympathy for his native State and the cause in which the American Colonies were then struggling. He returned to South Carolina and was appointed successively Judge of Admiralty, Associate Justice of the State, and a Judge under the Federal Government. He had been educated for the Bar, in the Middle Temple, London. His son, William Drayton, was a distinguished lawyer, and for many years at the head of the Charleston Bar. He was successively a member of the Legislature, Mayor of the city, a Representative in Congress and President of the United States Bank. His pure honor, high-toned feelings, and great ability, have endeared his memory to every Carolinian. His son, Thomas F. Drayton, a graduate of West Point, was a Confederate General during our late civil war. John Drayton, the son of William Henry Drayton, the subject of this sketch, was Governor of the State of South Carolina, a Doctor of Laws and the author of the "Memoirs of the American Revolution," in two volumes.

The Drayton family was distinguished in Northhamptonshire, England; and Thomas Drayton, a descendant of that family, came to South Carolina in 1671, with Sir John Yeoman and others, the first

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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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