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Henry William de Saussure

Born: Aug 16, 1763

Death: Mar 26, 1839

Birthplace: South Carolina

Nationality: United States

Henry William de Saussure

Date of Birth : Aug 16, 1763
Date of Death : Mar 26, 1839
Birth Place : South Carolina

Henry William de Saussure was an American lawyer, state legislator and jurist from South Carolina who became a political leader as a member of the Federalist Party following the Revolutionary War. He was appointed by President George Washington as the 2nd Director of the United States Mint, was a co-sponsor of the legislation that established the South Carolina College which was to become the University of South Carolina and was given the title of Chancellor as a justice of the SC Equity Court, also known as chancery court. In this capacity he wrote and codified much of the state's equity law still in use today. He served as Intendant of both Charleston and Columbia, SC. He was a principal investor in founding what was originally intended to be the city's Federalist leaning newspaper, the Charleston Courier in 1803. The newspaper still exists today as it was eventually merged with others to become The Post and Courier. As a sitting appellate court judge, his opinions on a variety of issues were widely published under a pseudonym, which was the custom then for public officials who wished to express their views away from the bench.

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