McDUFFIE, George, (father–in–law of Wade Hampton [1818–1902]), a Representative and a Senator from South Carolina; born in Columbia County, Ga., August 10, 1790; attended an old-field school and a private academy; graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1813; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1814 and commenced practice in Pendleton, Anderson County, S.C.; member, State house of representatives 1818-1819; elected to the Seventeenth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1821, until his resignation in 1834; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Nineteenth through Twenty-second Congresses); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1830 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against James H. Peck; Governor of South Carolina 1834-1836; president of the board of trustees of South Carolina College; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William C. Preston; reelected, and served from December 23, 1842, until August 17, 1846, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations (Twenty-ninth Congress); died at 'Cherry Hill,' Sumter District (now Sumter County), S.C., March 11, 1851; interment in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Sumter District, S.C.

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External Research Collections

American Philosophical Society

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Correspondence in Elizabeth F. Dawes collection, 1681-1921.

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 4 items.

Clemson University
Special Collections

Clemson, SC
Papers: Ca. 10 items in the John Caldwell Calhoun papers, 1784-1888. Finding aid. Restricted.

Duke University
Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 1819-1870 (bulk 1833-1848). 292 items. Family, business and political correspondence. Topics include nullification, states rights, the tariff, Whig party, and the Mexican War. Finding aid.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1835. 1 letter.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: December 31, 1843; January 2, 1844. 2 letters.

University of South Carolina
South Caroliniana Library

Columbia, SC
Papers: 1822-1848. 43 items. Chiefly correspondence regarding state and local politics and tariff issues. Finding aid.

Virginia State Library and Archives

Richmond, VA
Papers: February 28, 1822. 1 letter. To John Randolph concerning insulting remarks made to Randolph.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Green, Edwin. George McDuffie. Columbia: State Co., 1936.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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