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SC Governors – Thomas Pinckney, 1787-1789

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Thomas Pinckney

Thomas Pinckney  Biographical Facts

Portrait of Thomas Pinckney
Thomas Pinckney
(Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library)

Thomas Pinckney  Education

  • Oxford University - England
  • French Military College - Caen, France
  • Inner Temple - London, England

Thomas Pinckney  Occupations

  • Lawyer
  • Captain of Engineers, Continental Army
  • Major General during the War of 1812
  • Cattle breeder

Thomas Pinckney  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1787–1789

  • May 12-23, 1788 – Governor Pinckney presided over the state convention that ratified the US Constitution
  • May 23, 1788 – The Ratification Convention ratified the US Constitution
  • November 4, 1788 – The General Assembly passed the Installment Act, allowing for the payment of debts in five installments

Thomas Pinckney  Other Government Positions

  • US Minister to Great Britain, 1792-1796
  • Envoy Extraordinary to Spain, 1794-1795
  • US House of Representatives, 1797-1801

Thomas Pinckney  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • 1774 – Pinckney was a member of both the British bar and the American bar
  • 1795 – As Envoy Extraordinary to Spain, Pinckney negotiated a treaty setting the boundary between the US and Spanish lands in North America

Thomas Pinckney  Election Results

  • In 1787, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Pinckney for governor by secret ballot.

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