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John Huger

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Limerick Plantation, South Carolina
Death: January 22, 1804 (59)
Place of Burial: Berkeley, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Huger, II and Mary Huger
Husband of Charlotte Huger and Ann Broun
Father of Mary Shubrick Huger; Daniel Huger; Alfred Huger, Postmaster of Charleston; John Huger; Benjamin Huger and 1 other
Brother of Congressman Daniel Huger; Brig. Gen. Isaac Huger (Cont. Army) and Benjamin Huger
Half brother of UNKNOWN Huger; Lt. Col. Francis Huger (Continental Army); Paul Huger; Margaret Huger (twin) and Baby Girl Huger (twin)

Occupation: Planter, statesman, militia officer
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About John Huger

John Huger was the third son of Daniel Huger, Jr., and wife Mary Cordes. Born June 5, 1744 and baptized in the Anglican church of St. John’s Parish, he had spent much of his youth in England. After completing his education there, he returned to South Carolina in 1766.

John married, first, Charlotte Motte.  Charlotte was the daughter of Jacob Motte and wife Elizabeth Martin. She was born in 1745 in Charleston, South Carolina and died about 1785. John married, second, Ann Broun in 1785. Ann was born in 1753 in Charleston and died there in 1835.

John served as the representative of St. Thomas and St. Denis in the Twenty-Eighth and Twenty-Ninth Royal Assemblies between 1768 and 1771, and was later elected to the Thirty-Third Royal Assembly from the parish of St. John. While serving in the Twenty-Eighth Roy Assembly, he became one of the “Unanimous Twenty-Six” who received the Massachusetts Circular Letter from Samuel Adams and voted to join Adams in opposition to the new taxes imposed by the Townshend Acts. He served as Captain of the Charleston Volunteers.

He served in the First and Second Provincial Congresses upon the collapse of the Royal government in the South Carolina, and he was later elected as the first Secretary of State under the Constitution of 1788. Most significantly, the parish of St. Thomas and St. Denis chose John as their delegate to the South Carolina Constitutional Convention in 1788. He was an ardent supporter of the new Constitution, which his brother Daniel had helped to create in the Continental Congress, and voted in favor of its ratification.

John Huger was recognized by the DAR as an American Patriot for his service as a member of the Provisional Congress and serving as Secretary of State and as member of the first Council of Safety. His DAR number is A059033.

John Huger was elected intendant (or mayor) of Charleston on September 10, 1792, succeeding Arnoldus Vanderhorst; re-elected September 9, 1793. Succeeded by John Bee Holmes, September 1794.

He died January 22, 1804, a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, and was buried at Limerick Plantation, Cooper River, Berkeley County, South Carolina.

Children of John Huger and first wife Charlotte Motte:

  • Daniel Huger (1779 - 1858), a Charleston attorney and S.C. Secretary of State
  • Charlotte Huger (d.1836)
  • Mary Shubrick Huger, married John Dawson Jr.

Children of John Huger and second wife Ann Broun:

  • Alfred Huger (1788 - 1872), served in the South Carolina Senate from 1818 to 1833
  • Benjamin Huger (1793 - 1874) married (1) Jane Templar Bee Huger (1790 - 1820) and (2) Sarah Hasell Harleston Huger (1800 - 1865).

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John Huger's Timeline

June 5, 1744
Limerick Plantation, South Carolina
Age 24
Age 26
Age 42
November 1, 1788
Age 44
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
Age 48
Age 50
January 22, 1804
Age 59