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"T" is for Trott, Nicholas [1663-1740]

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"T" is for Trott, Nicholas [1663-1740]. Jurist. Scholar. In 1699, after completing his legal studies at the Inner Temple in London, Trott was appointed attorney general of South Carolina. In 1703 he became chief justice. Trott was both a scholar and a political power and during his time in South Carolina held numerous public offices. While chief justice he began to compile a codification of the laws of South Carolina that eventually were printed in 1736—the first book actually printed in the colony. Among his numerous publications were works on the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and the Psalms. For his publications, Oxford University and the University of Aberdeen awarded him doctoral degrees. As judge of the vice admiralty court, Nicholas Trott presided over the trial of the notorious pirate Stede Bonnet.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.