No statesman in South Carolina ever filled as many high and important positions in the State and Federal Government as Charles Pinckney, the subject of this brief memoir. He was four times elected Governor of South Carolina. He served in both the Colonial and State Legislatures for many years. He was appointed by the Legislatures to represent the State in the old Continental Congress. He was a distinguished member of the Federal Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States. He was an active member of the State Convention which adopted that Constitution. The people of Charleston elected him a member of the House of Representatives in Congress. He presided over the State Convention which framed the Constitution of 1790. He was elected by the Legislature United States Senator. President Jefferson appointed him Minister to Spain, and he negotiated a treaty by which the Spanish Government released all claim which she had to the magnificent territory ceded by France to the United States. Where is the name of another statesman in South Carolina whose record is so full of honors and distinctions?
In my sketch of General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, already published, I gave some account of the Pinckney family in South Carolina and Maryland. William Pinkney, the great and accomplished statesman, lawyer and orator of Annapolis, was a branch of the South Carolina family. Thomas Pinckney, the progenitor of the family in South Carolina, emigrated from Lincolnshire, England, to Charleston, in 1687, a few years after the first settlement of South Carolina. He was a gentleman of large wealth, and built a mag-