"H" is for Huger, Daniel Elliott (1779-1854)

Jun 8, 2018

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"H" is for Huger, Daniel Elliott (1779-1854). Jurist, U.S. senator. From 1803 to 1819 Huger, a Charleston lawyer, represented St. Andrew’s Parish in the South Carolina House of Representatives where he gained a reputation as one its ablest and most respected members. In 1819 he was elected judge of the Court of General Sessions and Common Pleas and served until he resigned in 1830 to return to politics. A Unionist delegate to the Nullification Convention, he strongly opposed the Ordinance of Secession. Following John C. Calhoun’s resignation from the U.S. Senate in 1843, Huger was elected in his place. In March 1845, Huger resigned his seat so that Calhoun could return to the U.S. Senate. As a delegate to South Carolina’s states’ rights convention in 1852, Daniel Elliott Huger urged moderation in the continuing debate over sectional interests.