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John Faucheraud Grimké

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Death: August 9, 1819 (66)
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Son of John Paul Grimké and Marie Grimké
Husband of Mary Grimké
Father of Dr. John Grimké; Thomas Smith Grimké; Benjamin Grimke; Mary Grimké; Frederick Grimke and 9 others

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About Judge John Grimké


Jurist educated in the law in London. Signer, with Benjamin Franklin, of a 1774 petition to the king protesting the Boston Port Law.

Father of Angelina, Sarah, and Thomas Grimke.

A judge and member of Charleston South Carolina high society, with a plantation in Beaufort. Wealthy due to a good marriage, inheritance, successful plantation management, investment, and acquiring of lands through litigation.

Wrote Public Laws of the State of South Carolina, which served for several decades as the standard work on the subject.

He died at a spa in Long Branch, attended by his daughter Sarah.

The name Grimke came from Huguenot ancestors. Many Huguenots had come to South Carolina in the 17th century.


Family Sheet


        Name: John Faucheraud Grimke
        Born: 16 Dec 1752
     Married: 12 Oct 1784
        Died: 9 Aug 1819


        Name: Mary Smith
        Born: 7 Feb 1764
        Died: 21 Jul 1839
      Father: Thomas Smith
      Mother: Sarah Moore


        Name: John Grimke Dr.
        Born: 15 Aug 1785
        Died: 30 Jul 1864
        Wife: Sophia Caroline Ladson
        Name: Thomas Smith Grimke
        Born: 26 Sep 1786
        Died: 12 Oct 1834
        Wife: Sarah Daniel Drayton
        Name: Benjamin Smith Grimke
        Born: 22 Apr 1788
        Died: 29 Aug 1794
        Name: Mary Grimke
        Born: 27 Nov 1789
        Died: 10 Sep 1865
        Name: Frederick Grimke
        Born: 1 Sep 1791
        Died: 6 Mar 1863 at Ohio
        Name: Sarah Moore Grimke
        Born: 26 Nov 1792
        Died: 23 Dec 1873
        Name: Ann Rutledge Grimke
        Born: 1 May 1794
        Died: 20 May 1794
        Name: Ann Rutledge Grimke
        Born: 21 Jun 1795
        Died: 30 Dec 1882
     Husband: Thomas Drayton Frost
        Name: Elizabeth Caroline Grimke
        Born: 28 Mar 1797
        Died: 30 Mar 1874
        Name: Benjamin Secundus Grimke
        Born: 29 Aug 1798
        Died: 18 Nov 1825
        Wife: Mary Augusta Barron
        Name: Henry Grimke
        Born: 3 Jan 1801
        Died: 28 Sep 1852
        Wife: Selena Sarah Simmons
        Name: Charles Faucheraud Grimke
        Born: 9 Jun 1802
        Died: 3 Mar 1857
        Name: Louisa Grimke
        Born: 18 Nov 1803
        Died: 23 Nov 1803
        Name: Angelina Emily Grimke
        Born: 20 Feb 1805
        Died: 26 Oct 1879
     Husband: Theodore Dwight Weld

John Faucheraud Grimké (Dec. 16, 1752 - Aug. 9, 1819) was an American jurist who served as the Senior Associate Justice, the equivalent of Chief Justice, of the South Carolina Supreme Court. He also served in the South Carolina state legislature. He was mayor of Charleston, South Carolina from 1786 to 1788.

Educated in the law in London, Grimké signed, with Benjamin Franklin and others, a 1774 petition to King George III and the British government protesting the Boston Port Law. At the beginning of hostilities, he returned home and fought through the American Revolutionary War as lieutenant colonel of artillery. He served as an officer under Colonel Samuel Elbert, under the extended Georgia command of Major General Robert Howe, in 1778.

Grimké was elected a judge of the superior court in 1783, and in 1799 became senior associate. Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D in 1789. As a member of the legislature, he served as speaker of the house in 1785-'6, and a member of the convention of 1788 that adopted the Federal constitution.

Grimké died at a spa in Long Branch, New Jersey attended by his daughter Sarah.

The name Grimké derives from Huguenot ancestors who came to South Carolina in the 17th century.

Grimké was a member of Charleston’s upper class and was well known in society. His wife, Mary Smith Grimké, came from a wealthy Charleston family, and the couple maintained a large slave population at their plantation in Beaufort, South Carolina. Grimke was wealthy not only through his good marriage, but through a family inheritance and his personally successful plantation management, investment, and land acquisition. The Grimkés were religious and attended Episcopal services.

John and Mary Grimké had fourteen children, three of whom died in infancy. His children include attorney and reformer Thomas Smith Grimké and Sarah Moore Grimké and Angelina Grimké Weld, noted orators and abolitionists. His bi-racial grandchildren, through his son Henry, include journalist and diplomat Archibald Grimké, and Francis J. Grimké, a Presbyterian minister who graduated from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and Princeton Theological Seminary.


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Judge John Grimké's Timeline

December 16, 1752
Charleston, South Carolina
August 12, 1785
Age 32
September 26, 1786
Age 33
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
- 1788
Age 33
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Age 35
November 8, 1789
Age 36
United States
September 1, 1791
Age 38
Charleston, South Carolina
November 26, 1792
Age 39
South Carolina, United States
May 1, 1794
Age 41
Charleston, South Carolina, United States