Lowndes

Lowndes

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Lowndes, Rawlins, 1721-1800, president of South Carolina (1778-79), b. St. Kitts. In 1730 his family moved to Charleston, S.C., where Lowndes later became a noted lawyer. In the colonial assembly (where he was speaker several times) and as associate judge of the court of common pleas, he took a leading part in opposing British measures before the American Revolution, but did not favor armed rebellion or independence. Nevertheless he helped draft the state constitution and was chosen president in 1778; he declined reelection. After the war he was the leading opponent in South Carolina of ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

(born , Aug. 10, 1814, Warren county, Ga., U.S.—died July 27, 1863, Montgomery, Ala.) U.S. politician. He was admitted to the bar and served as editor of the Greenville Mountaineer. During the nullification crisis, he took a firm Unionist stand. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1844–46), and in response to the Wilmot Proviso he drafted the Alabama Platform (1848), which asserted slaveholders' rights to take their chattel with them to the new territories. He later added secession to the platform. He helped create the League of United Southerners (1858) and supported the Southern Democrats in their nomination of John C. Breckinridge for president (1860). He drafted Alabama's secession ordinance and served in the Confederate government (1861–63).

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(born , Aug. 10, 1814, Warren county, Ga., U.S.—died July 27, 1863, Montgomery, Ala.) U.S. politician. He was admitted to the bar and served as editor of the Greenville Mountaineer. During the nullification crisis, he took a firm Unionist stand. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1844–46), and in response to the Wilmot Proviso he drafted the Alabama Platform (1848), which asserted slaveholders' rights to take their chattel with them to the new territories. He later added secession to the platform. He helped create the League of United Southerners (1858) and supported the Southern Democrats in their nomination of John C. Breckinridge for president (1860). He drafted Alabama's secession ordinance and served in the Confederate government (1861–63).

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