signers of the Declaration

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Short biographies on each of the 56 Declaration signers

Thomas Heyward Jr.


Representing South Carolina at the Continental Congress

by Ole Erekson, Engraver, c1876, Library of Congress
Born:July 28, 1746
Birthplace:St. Lukes Parish, South Carolina
Education:Private classical education, Law studies in America and England (Lawyer.)
Work:Elected to the Continental Congress, 1775-1778; Judge, 1783-1798.
Died:March 6, 1809

Thomas Heyward, Jr. was born in South Carolina in 1746. He received a classical education at home and continued in legal studies, which he completed in England. In 1775 he was elected to the Continental Congress, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. In 1778 he returned to South Carolina to serve as a Judge. He was taken prisoner by the British while in command of a Militia force during the siege of Charleston. He resumed his Judgeship following the war, and retired in 1798. He died in March of 1809 at age 62.

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