GILLON, Alexander

1741–1794

Biography

GILLON, Alexander, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1741; pursued an academic course; immigrated to London, England, and engaged in commerce; in 1766 settled in Charleston and established a large business; delegate to the Second Provincial Congress of South Carolina in 1775 and 1776; member of the first general assembly in 1776; was elected captain of the German Fusiliers of Charleston in May 1775; commodore of the South Carolina Navy in 1778 and was sent to France to procure vessels; joined the fleet of Spanish vessels in the capture of the Bahama Islands May 8, 1782; elected to the Continental Congress in 1784, but did not attend; delegate to the State convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1788; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and served from March 4, 1793, until his death at his plantation, "Gillon's Retreat," Orangeburg District, S.C., October 6, 1794; interment in the family burial ground at "Gillon's Retreat," Calhoun County, S.C.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1793, 1 item. Letter of Alexander Gillon, 1793.
Papers: In the John de Neufville Papers, 1780-1789, 19 items. Correspondents include Alexander Gillon.
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