Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746­1825)

Marker ID: SCHM 7-19
Location: on Pinckney Island about 1 mile NW of Hilton Head Island, SC on US 278
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 13.821    W 080° 47.062
  32.23035    -80.78436666
Style: Free Standing **


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Born in SC, Pinckney was educated in England and served in the First and Second Provincial Congresses. A commander in the Revolution, he later served in the SC General Assembly, signed the US Constitution, and was a delegate to the SC Constitutional Convention of 1790 in Columbia. He spent part of his life on this island.

Pinckney, a leader in SC´s educational, political, cultural and religious affairs, inherited this island in 1769. He was made ambassador to France in 1796. Appointed by President Adams in 1797 to a committee negotiating maritime problems with France, Pinckney became known for his refusal of bribery in the "XYZ" affair.

Erected by Beaufort County Historical Society - I987