Henry L. Pinckney

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Henry Laurens Pinckney

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Pinckney, Governor, U.S. Senator, Signer of the U.S. Constitution and Mary Eleanor Laurens
Husband of Rebecca Pinckney and Sabina Elliott Pinckney
Father of Henry Laurens Pinckney, Jr.
Brother of Frances Henrietta Hayne and Mary Eleanor Ramsey

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About Henry L. Pinckney


Henry Laurens Pinckney (September 24, 1794 – February 3, 1863) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, and the son of Charles Pinckney.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Pinckney attended private schools. He was graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1812. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Charleston.

Pinckney served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1816–1832). He founded the Charleston Mercury in 1819 and was its sole editor for fifteen years. Between 1829 and 1840, he served six terms as intendant or mayor of Charleston.

Pinckney was elected as a Nullifier to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1836, having been labelled a "traitor" by ultra-conservative Southerners for compromising with New York's Martin van Buren on the 1836 "gag-rule" bill. ( He served as collector of the port of Charleston in 1841 and 1842 and as the tax collector of St. Philip's and St. Michael's parishes (1845–1863).

Pinckney married Harriet Lee Post, the daughter of Chaplain of the Senate Reuben Post and Harriet Moffitt, a granddaughter of Richard Henry Lee. He died in Charleston, South Carolina, February 3, 1863, and was buried in the Circular Congregational Church Burying Ground.

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Henry L. Pinckney's Timeline

September 24, 1794
Charleston, South Carolina
Age 19
Age 26
February 3, 1863
Age 68