Dr. Charles Drayton

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Dr. Charles Drayton

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Drayton Hall, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Death: August 11, 1820 (76)
Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Drayton and Charlotta Drayton
Husband of Hester Drayton
Father of Henry Drayton; Charlotte Manigault; Charles Drayton, II; Henrietta Augusta Drayton; Caroline Drayton and 1 other
Brother of Chief Justice William Henry Drayton
Half brother of Stephen Fox Drayton; William Drayton; Glen Drayton; Thomas Glen Drayton; john Drayton and 4 others

Occupation: Lieutenant Govenor of South Carolina
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About Dr. Charles Drayton


The son of John Drayton and Charlotta Bull, and the brother of well-known Revolutionary War patriot, William Henry Drayton. Charles was a gentleman planter, a doctor, Revolutionary War officer, Lt. Governor of South Carolina (1785-1787), and a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. He was also the second-generation owner of Drayton Hall plantation, his family's country estate on the Ashley River outside of Charleston, SC.



In 1784, Rebecca Drayton moved into downtown Charleston and sold Drayton Hall to Charles Drayton (1743-1820), John's eldest surviving son by his second wife Charlotta. (William Henry, John's eldest son, died five years earlier in 1779.) Charles had married Hester Middleton of Middleton Place in 1774. They had eight children-four sons and four daughters. Three of Charles' sons, a daughter, and Hester predeceased Charles.

Charles is known today as Drayton Hall's great biographer because of his extensive diary, which he kept from 1784 until his death in 1820. Like Thomas Jefferson, with whom he corresponded, Charles was a product of the Enlightenment. His diary is full of all kinds of scientific thought. In fact, he and Thomas Jefferson experimented in many of the same areas: botany, architecture, landscape design, animal husbandry, and design efficiencies. In a diary entry from July 1, 1791, he notes, "Sowed in the garden 118 olive stones sent in the earth from France by Mr. [Thomas] Jefferson." Jefferson and Drayton were also two of the first people in America to install Rumford fireboxes. They did so not for their looks, but because they threw off more heat than traditional fireboxes.

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Dr. Charles Drayton's Timeline

December 23, 1743
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Age 30
November 3, 1781
Age 37
Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
Age 39
Age 41
August 11, 1820
Age 76
Charleston, South Carolina, USA