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