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HUTSON, Richard

1748–1795

Biography

HUTSON, Richard, a Delegate from South Carolina; born in Prince William parish, South Carolina, July 9, 1748; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Princeton College in 1765; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Charleston, S.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1776-1779, 1781, 1782, 1785, and 1788; Member of the Continental Congress in 1778 and 1779 and signed the Articles of Confederation; captured at the fall of Charleston and was confined as a prisoner at St. Augustine, Fla., in 1780 and 1781; member of the Legislative Council of South Carolina 1780-1782; Lieutenant Governor in 1782 and 1783; first intendant of Charleston in 1783 and 1784; chancellor of the court of chancery of South Carolina 1784-1791; member of the State constitutional convention in 1788 which adopted the Federal Constitution; senior judge of the chancery court 1791-1795; died in Charleston, S.C., April 12, 1795; interment in the Perrineau family vault in Independent Congregational Church Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

South Carolina Historical Society

Charleston, SC
Papers: 1765-1777, 1 letterbook. The letterbook contains letters of Richard Hutson, many to his brother-in-law, Isaac Hayne, relating to events at College of New Jersey, Charleston, S.C., Stamp Act, Fort Sullivan (later Fort Moultrie), Battle of Fort Moultrie during the Revolutionary War, feasibility of a ferry near Charleston, requisitioning of blacks for public works, Independent or Congregational Church of Charleston, S.C., and other religious matters.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections

Durham, NC
Papers: 1776, 2 items. Copies of letters of Richard Hutson describing the arrival of the British fleet at the Charleston bar, the British attack, the bombardment of Sullivan's Island, the American defense, and the repulse of the British troops.
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