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The Honorable William Harper (1790–1847)

The Honorable William Harper (1790–1847)

Member, South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1816–1817; Chancellor, State of Missouri, 1819–1823; member of the Missouri State Constitutional Convention, 1821; Reporter of the Supreme Court of South Carolina, 1823–1825; Appointed as a Jacksonian to the United States Senate to fill vacancy caused by the death of John Gaillard, serving from March 8 to November 29, 1826; member, South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1827–1828, serving as speaker; Chancellor of the State of South Carolina, 1828–1830; Appointed Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, 1830–1835; Member of the South Carolina State Nullification Convention in 1832 and 1833; Chancellor of the State of South Carolina from 1835 until his death in Fairfield District, S.C., October 10, 1847.

Born on the island of Antigua, West Indies, January 17, 1790.

Education: Mount Bethel Academy; Jefferson Monticello Seminary; South Carolina College, 1808; Studied medicine and law in Charleston; admitted to the bar in 1813.