James Louis Petigru

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James Louis Petigru (Pettigrew)

Birthplace: Abbeville District, SC
Death: Died in Charleston, SC
Immediate Family:

Son of William Pettigrew and Louise Guy Gibert
Husband of Jane Amelia Postell
Father of Susan DuPont Pettigru; James Louis Petigru, Jr.; Albert Pocher Pettigrew; Caroline Pettigrew and Daniel Elliott Huger Pettigrew
Brother of John G. Pettigrew; Thomas Pettigrew; Jane Gibert Pettigrew; Mary C. Pettigrew; Charles Pettigrew and 3 others

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About James Louis Petigru

"James Louis Petigru (May 10, 1789-March 9, 1863) was a lawyer, politician, and jurist in South Carolina. He is best known for his service as the state's Attorney General, his juridical work that played a key role in the recodification of the state's law code, and his opposition to nullification and, in 1860, state secession..." See Wikipedia article for more background.

Petigru was born in the Abbeville District of South Carolina in 1789 to William and Louise Gibert Pettigrew, daughter of the Reverend Jean Louis Gibert, who founded the Huguenot colony of New Bordeaux in 1764. In 1816, he married Jane Postell. The couple's three sons died in childhood or early adulthood. His two daughters were accomplished in the arts. Petigru's elder daughter, Jane Caroline (Petigru) Carson (1820–1892), a noted portrait artist and watercolorist, fled Charleston at the start of the Civil War, first to New York City for several years and ultimately to Rome, where she lived among other American expatriates and died in 1892. His younger daughter, Susan DuPont (Petigru) King Bowen, made a name for herself as a novelist.

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James Louis Petigru's Timeline

May 10, 1789
Abbeville District, SC
Age 21
August 23, 1816
Age 27
Age 29
January 4, 1820
Age 30
March 1, 1822
Age 32
October 25, 1824
Age 35
March 9, 1863
Age 73
Charleston, SC