Charles Cotesworthy Pinckney

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Delegate’s state: South Carolina

Delegate’s profession(s): studying chemistry, military science, and botany under leading authorities.


Delegate’s age when at the Convention: 41

Did your delegate sign the Constitution?: Arrived May 25 and was present through the signing of the Constitution.

Professional Information

Professional Achievements; Pinckney became a brigadier general,Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina Assembly in 1769, marking his entrance into public service.

What did your delegate do to help America gain independence?

That year, he was appointed as a major general in command of American forces in the South and served in that capacity until 1800, when the threat of war ended. That year, he represented the Federalists as Vice-Presidential candidate, and in 1804 and 1808 as the Presidential nominee..


Was your delegate’s professions useful for creating a constitution?

Pinckney was one of the leaders at the Constitutional Convention. Present at all the sessions, he strongly advocated a powerful national government. His proposal that senators should serve without pay was not adopted, but he exerted influence in such matters as the power of the Senate to ratify treaties and the compromise that was reached concerning abolition of the international slave trade. After the convention, he defended the Constitution in South Carolina.

Constitutional Contribution

What ideas did your delegate come up/agree with? When hostilities broke out, Pinckney, who had been a royal militia officer since 1769, pursued a full-time military calling. i agree to that because if you have experience in that why not do it.


Why was your delegate chosen as a representative?

had alot of studies in chemistry, military science, and botany under leading authorities.


State Information

Why would your delegate’s state want independence?: nfluence in such matters as the power of the Senate to ratify treaties and the compromise that was reached concerning abolition of the international slave trade.

was your delegate’s state main export? sugar


How would the Constitution benefit your delegate and/or state?: Pinckney also became a forceful exponent of nationalism during the Revolutionary War.

How could your delegate make the Constitution benefit their state?: forcing the slave trade to a stop.

Extra facts

One unusual fact about your delegate: Pinckney turned his attention to his law practice and plantations at the end of the Revolution,

One unusual fact about your delegate’s state: The sugar act