Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Brevet brigadier general in the Continental army, statesman, diplomat. After graduating from Oxford,Pinckney went on to further his training as a barrister at the Middle Temple, and was admitted to the bar in
His father, Colonel Charles Pinckneywas a rich lawyer and planter. His mother was Frances Brewton b.
His father had signed a loyalty oath to the British after they occupied Charleston in during the American Revolutionary War. This enabled hm to keep his property.
On his death inthe senior Pinckney bequeathed Snee Farma plantation outside the city, and his numerous slaves, to his eldest son Charles.
Marriage and family[ edit ] Busy with the war and A biography of charles cotesworth pinckney political career, Pinckney did not marry until They had at least three children. Among his in-laws were Colonel John Laurens and U.
Career[ edit ] He was elected as a delegate to the Third Continental Congress — He started to practice law in Charleston in at the age of About that time, well after the War for Independence had begun, young Pinckney enlisted in the militia.
He became a lieutenantand served at the siege of Savannah September—October When Charleston fell to the British the next year, the young Pinckney was captured; he was held as a prisoner until June and sent north for a potential exchange. He did not return to Charleston until His father was also captured.
Along with more than men, Colonel Pinckney agreed to sign an oath of allegiance to the British, in order to avoid having his property confiscated and destroyed. Pinckney was elected again to the Continental Congress following the war, serving — He was elected to the state legislature for several terms —80, —89, and — As a nationalist, he worked hard in Congress trying to ensure that the United States would receive navigation rights from Spain to the Mississippi River and to strengthen congressional power.
Pinckney eventually owned several plantations and a townhouse in Charleston in addition to Snee Farm: Frankville and Hopton, situated on both sides of the Congaree River, five miles from Columbia; a plantation in Georgetown consisting of acres of tidal swamp and acres of high land; a tract of acres called Lynches Creek; Fee Farm on the Ashepoo River ; Shell Hall, a house with four acres of land at Haddrell's Point in Christ Church Parish; a house and garden lot on Meeting Street, Charleston; Wright's Savannah plantation on the Carolina side of the Savannah River ; and a tract of land on the Santee River above the canal, including a ferry, called Mount Tacitus.
After Pinckney married Eleanor Laurens inthe elegant three-storied brick home at 16 Meeting Street in Charleston presumably became his principal residence. In the federal census, he is recorded as holding "14 slaves in St.
Michael's Parish, 52 slaves in St.
Bartholomew, and 45 slaves in the Orangeburg District", all in addition to Snee Farm, where his father's probate record had listed 40 slaves in Although one of the youngest delegates, he later claimed to have been the most influential one and contended he had submitted a draft, known as the Pinckney Plan, that was the basis of the final Constitution.
This was strongly disputed by James Madison and some of the other framers.
Historians assess him as an important contributing delegate. He also worked for ratification of the constitution in South Carolina Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (February 25, – August 16, ) was an early American statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
He was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as its presidential candidate in . Our Namesake - Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Our school is named after Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, who was an attorney and politician who served as an officer in the First South Carolina Regiment in defense of Charleston, S.
C., the battle of Brandywine, the battle of Germantown and campaigns in the Floridas and Savannah in the .
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (February 25, – August 16, ) was an early American statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
He was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as its presidential candidate in and , losing both elections. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Biography Military Leader, Diplomat (–) Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was an American Revolutionary War veteran, South Carolina legislator and two-time Born: Feb 25, Charles Pinckney: Charles Pinckney, American Founding Father, political leader, and diplomat whose proposals for a new government—called the Pinckney plan—were largely incorporated into the federal Constitution drawn up in During the American Revolution, Pinckney was captured and held prisoner by the British.
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, American soldier, statesman, and diplomat who participated in the XYZ Affair, an unsavory diplomatic incident with France in Pinckney entered public service in as a member of the South Carolina Assembly.