Gervais, John Lewis, 1741-1798

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Continental Congressman, merchant, and planter; son of French Huguenot parents; educated in Hanover, Germany; immigrated to Charleston, S.C., 1764; delegate, Provincial Congress, 1775-1776; appointed deputy postmaster general for South Carolina, 1778; S.C. state senator and president, 1781-1782; member, Continental Congress, 1782-1783; commissioner for public accounts for S.C., 1794-1795.

From the description of John Lewis Gervais papers, 1772-1796. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 34791272

South Carolina merchant, plantation owner, and politician. Gervais was a U.S. Continental Congressman and held the rank of colonel in the Continental Army.

From the description of Letter, 1781 Nov. 9. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 36865795

John Lewis Gervais and Henry Laurens were both wealthy planters from colonial South Carolina who were active in politics and served as delegates in the Continental Congress.

From the description of John Lewis Gervais letters to Henry Laurens, 1779-1785. (New-York Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 739054638

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume X, miscellany, 1764-1805. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lowndes, Rawlins, 1721-1800. Rawlins Lowndes papers, 1773 July 9-1959, (bulk, 1773 July 9-1779 Jan. 30). University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Gervais, John Lewis, 1741-1798. John Lewis Gervais letters to Henry Laurens, 1779-1785. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Anthony Wayne family papers, Wayne, Anthony, family papers, 1681-1913 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Henry and John Laurens papers, 1773-1790 Brooklyn Historical Society
creatorOf Gervais, John Lewis, ca. 1742-1798. Letter, 1781 Nov. 9. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Gervais, John Lewis, 1742-1798. John Lewis Gervais papers, 1772-1796. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Collection of John Lewis Gervais papers, 1772-1801. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Wayne family. Anthony Wayne family papers, 1681-1913. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
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associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith De Neufville, Leonard. person
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
correspondedWith Fisher, William person
associatedWith Gervais, John Lewis, 1753-1798. person
correspondedWith Jones, Seaborn person
associatedWith Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792. person
associatedWith Laurens, John, 1754-1782 person
associatedWith Lowndes, Rawlins, 1721-1800. person
associatedWith Vanderhorst, Arnoldus, 1748-1815. person
associatedWith Wayne family family
associatedWith Wayne family. family
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South Carolina
South Carolina--Berkeley County
United States
United States
Great Britain
France
South Carolina
United States
Charleston (S.C.)
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Slave trade
Slavery
Plantation management
Slaves
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Birth 1741

Death 1798-08-18

Americans

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