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Delegate to the Constitutional Convention (South Carolina)

Biographical Data
Religious Views
References, Links, & Further Reading


Occupation: lawyer, planter

Political Affiliation: Federalist, Democratic-Republican

Religious Affiliation: Episcopalian

Summary of Religious Views:

Views on Religion & Politics:

It was Pinckney who originally suggested that the phrase "but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the authority of the United States" be added to Article 6, Clause 3 of the Constitution. He was also a strong supporter of the separation of church and state in general.


References, Links, & Further Reading: Books, Articles, Links


Andrew J. Bethea, The Contribution of Charles Pinckney to the Formation of the American Union, Garrett & Massie, Inc., 1937
Frances Leigh Williams, A founding family: The Pinckneys of South Carolina, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978


Mark D. Kaplanoff, "Charles Pinckney and the American Republican Tradition," In Intellectual Life in Antebellum Charleston, ed. by Michael O'Brien and David Moltke-Hanson, pp. 85-122, Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1986
S. Sidney Ulmer, "Charles Pinckney: Father of the Constitution?" South Carolina Law Quarterly, 10, Winter 1958, pp. 235-47
Mabel L. Webber, "The Thomas Pinckney Family of South Carolina," South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 39, January 1938, pp. 15-35


Works by Charles Pinckney

The Plan of Charles Pinckney (South Carolina), Presented to the Federal Convention, May 29, 1787 (Avalon Project -- Yale Law School)

Biographical Sites

PINCKNEY, Charles, 1757-1824 (Biographical Directory of the US Congress)
A Biography of Charles Pinckney 1757-1824 (Hypertext on American History)
Charles Pinckney, South Carolina (National Archives -- The Founding Fathers)
Charles Pinckney (Soldier-Statesmen of the Constitution -- Center of Military History, United States Army)
Charles Pinckney (Colonial Hall)
Charles Pinckney and Separation of Church and State (Separation of Church and State)

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