John Gaillard (1765 - 1826)

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Birthplace: [object Object], SC, USA
Death: Died in Washington, DC, USA
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About John Gaillard

John Gaillard (September 5, 1765 – February 26, 1826) was a U.S. Senator from South Carolina.

Gaillard was born in St. Stephen's district, South Carolina on September 5, 1765. He was of Huguenot descent. He was elected to the United States Senate in place of Pierce Butler, who resigned, and served from January 31, 1805 until his death. He voted for the war of 1812. On account of the death of two Vice Presidents (Clinton and Gerry) during his term, he was chosen to preside over the Senate President pro tempore in every Congress from the 11th and 13th to the 18th. He was also the Acting Vice President or next in line to the presidency two days after the death of Vice President Elbridge Gerry from November 25, 1814 to March 4, 1817.

Thomas H. Benton, in his " Thirty Years' View," says: " Urbane in his manners, amiable in temper, scrupulously impartial, uniting absolute firmness of purpose with the greatest gentleness of manners—such were the qualifications which commended him to the presidency of the senate. There was probably not an instance of disorder or a disagreeable scene in the chamber during his long-continued presidency. He classed democratically, but was as much the favorite of one side of the house as of the other, and that in the high party times of the war with Great Britain, which so much exasperated party spirit."

Gaillard died in Washington D.C on 26 February 1826 and was interred in the Congressional Cemetery.

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John Gaillard, U.S. Senator's Timeline

September 5, 1765
[object Object], SC, USA
February 26, 1826
Age 60
Washington, DC, USA