Person:James Hamilton (136)

Gov. James Hamilton
b.8 May 1786 South Carolina
m. 3 Jun 1784
  1. Gov. James Hamilton1786 - 1857
  2. Hannah Hamilton1790 - Abt 1815
  3. Elizabeth Lynch Hamilton1793 - 1860
  4. Anne Hamilton
m. Bef 1812
Facts and Events
Name Gov. James Hamilton
Gender Male
Birth? 8 May 1786 South Carolina
Marriage Bef 1812 to Elizabeth Matthews Heyward
Death? 15 Nov 1857 At Sea off the coast of Texas
Reference Number? Q549738?

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James Hamilton Jr. (May 8, 1786 – November 15, 1857) was an American lawyer and politician. He represented South Carolina in the U.S. Congress (1822–1829) and served as its 53rd Governor (1830–1832). Prior to that he achieved widespread recognition and public approval for his actions as Intendant (mayor) of the city of Charleston, South Carolina in 1822, during the period when plans for a slave rising were revealed. As governor, he led the state during the Nullification Crisis of 1832, at the peak of his power.

Hamilton organized a city militia in June 1822 to arrest suspects, including the purported free black leader Denmark Vesey, supported the City Council in commissioning a Court of Magistrates and Freeholders, and defended their actions, including ordering the execution of Vesey and 34 other blacks, and deporting of tens of others. He helped shape the public perception of the Court proceedings and the reasons for the revolt, as well as gaining legislation in 1822 for more controls on slaves and free people of color. Because of problems with crippling debt after 1839, Hamilton's reputation suffered.

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