Drayton, William Henry, 1742-1779

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South Carolina Revolutionary War leader.

Educated in England and a champion of British rights, William Henry Drayton was appointed to the South Carolina council in 1772. By 1775 Drayton had become an avid leader of the American opposition in the province. During the summer of that year he toured the back country to win support for the patriot cause. On Sept. 25, Drayton met at Congarees with five Lower Town Cherokee leaders to explain the American's quarrel with Great Britain and form an alliance. His efforts proved ineffectual against the longstanding Cherokee attachment to Britain.

From the description of A talk from the Honorable Will[ia]m H. Drayton Esqr., one of the beloved men of South Carolina : to the beloved men, head men & warriors of the Cherokee Nation at the Congarees : speech, 1775 Sep. 25. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 36896371

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referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Gibbes, Robert W. (Robert Wilson), 1809-1866. Robert W. Gibbes papers, 1803 - 1931; bulk, (1803-1873). University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Tennent, William, 1740-1777. William Tennent journal, 1775 Aug. 2-Sept. 15. 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 Lynch, Thomas, 1726-1776. Correspondence of Thomas Lynch, Esq. : typescript [ca. 1960] / by J.E. Fields, M.D., Joliet, Ill. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Drayton, John, ca. 1715-1779. Drayton papers, 1701-2004. College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
referencedIn Edward Blake letters to William Drayton and Henry Laurens, 1775-1776 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Middleton, Arthur, 1742-1787. DS, 1775 June 18 : Provincial Congress, South Carolina. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Johnston, Clement Dixon, 1895-1979,. Papers collected by Clement Dixon Johnston [manuscript], 1683-1943. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Drayton, William Henry, 1742-1779. The Confederation of the United States manuscript. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library
referencedIn Glen, James, 1701-1777. James Glen papers, 1738-1777. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of documents concerning the American Revolution, 1740-1866 . Houghton Library
creatorOf Drayton, William Henry, 1742-1779. Document signed, 1777 Feb. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Drayton, William Henry, 1742-1779. A talk from the Honorable Will[ia]m H. Drayton Esqr., one of the beloved men of South Carolina : to the beloved men, head men & warriors of the Cherokee Nation at the Congarees : speech, 1775 Sep. 25. Newberry Library
referencedIn Tennent, William, 1740-1777. William Tennent (1740-1777) papers, 1758-1777. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Jay, John, 1745-1829. Letter to Hugh Henry Brackenridge, 5 August 1779. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
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associatedWith Blake, Edward person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
associatedWith Gibbes, Robert W. (Robert Wilson), 1809-1866. person
associatedWith Glen, James, 1701-1777. person
associatedWith Jay, John, 1745-1829. person
associatedWith Johnston, Clement Dixon, 1895-1979, person
associatedWith Lynch, Thomas, 1726-1776. person
associatedWith Middleton, Arthur, 1742-1787. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Tennent, William, 1740-1777. person
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South Carolina
South Carolina--Congarees
United States
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Cherokee Indians--Wars--History--18th century--Sources
Indians of North America--Wars--History--18th century--Sources
Confederation of states
Cherokee Indians--Government relations--Sources
Manuscripts, American
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Birth 1742

Death 1779-09-03

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