Hamilton, Paul, 1762-1816

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Birth 1762-10-16
Death 1816-06-30

Biographical notes:

Governor of S.C., 1804-1806; Secretary of Navy, 1809-1813; member of S.C. House, 1788-1789; member of S.C. Senate, 1794, 1798-1799; slave owner who urged S.C. legislature to prohibit African slave trade; son of Archibald and Rebecca Branford Hamilton; husband of Mary Wilkinson Hamilton.

From the description of Paul Hamilton papers, 1802-1812. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 44010020

Paul Hamilton (1762-1816) was born in St. Paul's Parish, South Carolina on October 16, 1762. He fought in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. Hw was the tax collector of St. Paul's Parish from 1785 until 1786, and also served as Justice of the Peace in 1786. Hamilton was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1787-1789 and was a member of the South Carolina Convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1789. He was elected governor of South Carolina for one term, serving from 1804-1806. After his term in office, Hamilton served as Secretary of the Navy under President James Madison from 1809 until 1812. He died June 30, 1816.

From the description of Paul Hamilton proclamation, 1806. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 137281900

U.S. secretary of the navy and governor of South Carolina.

From the description of Letter of Paul Hamilton, 1810. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450741


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