A Biography of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney The eldest son of a politically prominent planter and a remarkable mother who introduced and promoted indigo culture in South Carolina, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was born in at Charleston. Only 7 years later, he accompanied his father, who had been appointed colonial agent for South Carolina, to England. As a result, the youth enjoyed a European education. Pinckney received tutoring in London, attended several preparatory schools, and went on to Christ Church College, Oxford, where he heard the lectures of the legal authority Sir William Blackstone and graduated in
His mother Eliza Lucas was also from a prominent family, and was known for her introduction of indigo culture to the colony. When Pinckney was 3, his father took the family to Great Britain on colonial business, where he died in After seeing much action, he became an aide-de-camp to General Horatio Gatesand was captured by the British at the disastrous Battle of Camden in He was allowed to recuperate from his wounds at his mother-in-law Rebecca Brewton Motte 's plantation outside Charleston.
In he and his family traveled to Philadelphia, where he was released by the British in a prisoner exchange. Pinckney returned to the South and that year fought under the Marquis de Lafayette in Virginia. Postbellum and politics[ edit ] Governor and ambassador[ edit ] After the war, Pinckney spent some years running his plantations before he returned to politics.
Pinckney was elected and served as the 36th Governor of South Carolina from tomost notably presiding over the state convention that ratified the new U. Michael's Parish from January 3, to December 20, He was appointed by President George Washington to be the U.
While there, he was unable to get British concessions on issues such as impressment or the Northwest frontier forts, so Washington sent John Jay as a special envoy to negotiate the controversial Jay Treaty. For part of his tenure — as ambassador in Britain, Pinckney also served as Envoy Extraordinary to Spain.
Upon his return to the United States, Pinckney joined with his mother-in-law, Rebecca Motte in developing a rice plantation known as Eldorado on the Santee River outside Charleston. She lived there with him and her daughter and grandchildren in her later years.
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Federalist nominee[ edit ] Pinckney's diplomatic success with Spain made him popular at home, and on his return the Federalist party nominated him as a candidate in the presidential election. The Federalists were strongest in the region of New Englandand they hoped that Pinckney's Southern roots would help him win votes in his home region.
Pinckney would be the ostensible running mate of Vice President John Adamsbut under the electoral rules in place prior to the ratification of the Twelfth Amendmenteach member of the Electoral College cast two votes for president with no distinction made between presidential votes and vice presidential votes.
Pinckney, Adams, and the main Democratic-Republican candidates, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burreach had a potential chance at winning the presidency. Some Democratic-Republicans hoped that Pinckney could bridge partisan divides.
Thus, Pinckney could potentially attract electors who would not consider voting for Adams. South Carolina split its vote between Jefferson and Pinckney, awarding each candidate 8 electoral votes. However, several New England electors, fearing the possibility of Pinckney's election over Adams, refused to vote for Pinckney.
Adams finished with 71 electoral votes, Jefferson with 68 electoral votes, and Pinckney with 59 electoral votes. Adams became president and, under the rules then in place, the runner-up, Jefferson, became vice president.By , Hamilton had come to realize that Adams was too independent and thought the Federalist vice presidential candidate, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of South Carolina, more suited to serving Hamilton's interests.
Charles Pinckney’s cousin Thomas Pinckney was a South Carolina Federalist in the U.S. House of Representatives in ; Thomas’s brother, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, was the Federalist candidate for vice president in the election of Botanicus Digital Library.
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Mellon Foundation. Charles Pinckney: Charles Pinckney, American Founding Father, political leader, and diplomat whose proposals for a new government—called the Pinckney plan—were largely incorporated into the federal Constitution drawn up in During the American Revolution, Pinckney was captured and held prisoner by the British.
A Biography of Charles Pinckney Charles Pinckney was born at Charleston, SC, in His father, Col. Charles Pinckney, was a rich lawyer and planter, who on his death in were to bequeath Snee Farm, a country estate outside the city, to . Charles Pinckney, the second cousin of fellow-signer Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, was born at Charleston, SC, in His father, Col.
Charles Pinckney, was a rich lawyer and planter, who on his death in was to bequeath Snee Farm, a country estate outside the city, to his son Charles.