Beaufort District’s Role in Forming and Adopting the US Constitution

The Beaufort District Collection, the special local history collection and archives of the Beaufort County Library system (SC), occasionally prepares presentations from our holdings for library programs and outreach efforts.  The Emily Geiger Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution asked me to speak to their group in March 2014 on the topic of the United States Constitution.  The end result was a presentation on the role that Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Pierce Butler and John Keans of Beaufort District played in the formation and adoption of United States Constitution.  Below is my source list informing that presentation.

Online Resources:

Historical Statistics of the United States, 1786 – 1945: A Supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States prepared by the Bureau of the Census in cooperation with the Social Science Research Council, 1949 found at http://www2.census.gov/prod2/statcomp/documents/HistoricalStatisticsoftheUnitedStates1789-1945.pdf

Letter of Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 28 February 1796, Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress found at http://memory.loc.gov/

“U.S. Debt and Foreign Loans, 1775–1795,” US Department of State, Office of the Historian https://history.state.gov/milestones/1784-1800/loans and “Our History” page http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/history/history.htm

Independence National Historical Park website, http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm

“The Charters of Freedom: A New World is at Hand,” National Archives website found at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/

The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia in 1787 together with the Journal of the Federal Convention… in Five volumes, 2nd ed. with considerable additions collected and revised from Contemporary Publications by Jonathan Elliot found at http://www.constitution.org/elliot.htm. Volume 4 contains the “Debates in the Legislature and in Convention of the State of South Carolina, on the adoption of the Federal Constitution” at http://www.constitution.org/rc/rat_sc-l.htm and http://www.constitution.org/rc/rat_sc-c.htm.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress http://bioguide.congress.gov/

South Carolina Archives Records Online Index database http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/Default.html

“Notes on the Debates in the Federal Convention” (The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy, Yale University Law School http://avalon.law.yale.edu).

Day-by-Day Summary of the Convention http://teachingamericanhistory.org/convention/summary/

Some of John Kean’s letters to his wife Susan have been digitized by the Liberty Hall Museum on Kean University in New Jersey. See http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/TeachersResource/pdf/letters/JohnKean_to_SusanKean_11-28-1787.pdf and others. (These letters can be viewed and downloaded to your computer.)

You can check out these materials from Beaufort County Library:

973.2 AME American Eras: Vol. 4, Development of a Nation, 1783 -1815 edited by Robert J. Allison, Gale Research, 1997. (BEA, HHI)

LH 975.799 CHR Biography of an Island: General C.C. Pinckney’s Sea Island Plantation by Merrill G. Christopherson, Westburg Associates Publishers, 1976. (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI)

975.791 ROG Charleston in the Age of the Pinckneys by George C. Rogers, University of South Carolina Press, 1980. (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI)

920 WIL  A Founding Family: The Pinckneys of South Carolina by Frances Leigh Williams, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978. (BDC, BLU)

973.336 BOR A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780 by Carl P. Borick, University of South Carolina Press, 2003. (SCLENDS)

LH 975.7 LIN Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin- 1860 by Suzanne Cameron Linder, Published by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for the Archives and history Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and the Nature Conservancy, 1995. (BDC, BLU, HHI)

975.799 ROW “Beaufort District and the New Nation,” chapter 14 of History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, vol. 1, 1514- 1861 by Lawrence S. Rowland, George C. Rogers, and Alexander Moore, University of South Carolina Press, 1996. (ALL)

975.8 BEL  Major Butler’s Legacy: Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family by Malcolm Bell, Jr., University of Georgia Press, 1987. (BEA, HHI)

REF 975.73 SOU South Carolina Encyclopedia edited by Walter Edgar, Humanities Council of South Carolina, University of South Carolina Press, 2006.  Entries for “Butler, Pierce,” “Pinckney, Charles,” “Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth,”  and “Rutledge, John.” (ALL)

Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these materials:

BDC Vertical Files: Butler Family; Pinckney family; Pinckney, Charles C., (1746-1825)

“Newspaper Sketches of Noted South Carolinians of the Past” (card files in the Research Room)

SC B PINCKNEY Charles Cotesworth Pinckney: Founding Father by Marvin R. Zahniser,  Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA, by the University of North Carolina Press, 1967. (also HHI Low Country Room).

SC B PINCKNEY Forgotten Founder: The Life and Times of Charles Pinckney by Marty D. Matthews, University of South Carolina Press, 2004.

SC 328.7574 SOU Journal of the Convention of South Carolina which ratified the Constitution of the United States, May 23, 1788 by the United States Constitution Bicentennial Commission of South Carolina [1988].

SC 328.7574 SOU Journals of the House of Representatives 1787-1788, edited by Michael E. Stevens and Christine M. Allen, Published for the South Carolina Department of Archives and History by the University of South Carolina Press, 1981.

SC 342.73 JOU Journal of the Convention of South Carolina which ratified the Constitution of the United States May 23, 1788, indexed by A.S. Salley, Jr., Printed for the Historical Commission of South Carolina by Foote & Davies, 1928.

SC 920 WIL  A Founding Family: The Pinckneys of South Carolina by Frances Leigh Williams, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978. (also BLU)

SC 975.7 LIN Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin- 1860 by Suzanne Cameron Linder, Published by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for the Archives and history Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and the Nature Conservancy, 1995. (BDC, HHI, also at BLU)

SC 975.7 SOU “’I am afraid to venture until the new Constitution’”: John Kean and the Ratification Debate in South Carolina” by John Mercantini, South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, vol. 114 #3, July 2014, 192- 209.

SC 975.791 ROG Charleston in the Age of the Pinckneys by George C. Rogers, University of South Carolina Press, 1980. (also BEA, BLU, HHI)

SC 975.799 CHR Biography of an Island: General C.C. Pinckney’s Sea Island Plantation by Merrill G. Christopherson, Westburg Associates Publishers, 1976. (also BEA, BLU, HHI)

SC 975.799 PET “Petition for the Restoration of Pinckney Island, on behalf of the heirs of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Major General in the Revolutionary Army,” W.H. Moore, Printer, 1867.

975.799 ROW “Beaufort District and the New Nation,” chapter 14 of History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, vol. 1, 1514- 1861 by Lawrence S. Rowland, George C. Rogers, and Alexander Moore, University of South Carolina Press, 1996. (ALL)

SC 975.799 TOD Prince William’s Parish and Plantations by John R. Todd and Francis M. Hutson with an introduction by A.S. Salley, Garrett and Massie, 1935.

SC 975.73 SOU South Carolina Encyclopedia edited by Walter Edgar, Humanities Council of South Carolina, University of South Carolina Press, 2006.  Entries for “Butler, Pierce,” “Pinckney, Charles,” “Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth,”  and “Rutledge, John.” (ALL)

Legend: ALL = All branches of the Beaufort County Library; BDC = Beaufort District Collection; BEA = Beaufort Branch; BLU = Bluffton Branch; HHI = Hilton Head Island Branch; LOB = Lobeco Branch; and STH = St. Helena Branch

Original post: 15 September 2014; All links verified on 15 September 2014.

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