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“M” is for Manigault, Peter (1731-1773)

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“M” is for Manigault, Peter (1731-1773). Lawyer, legislator, planter. Born in Charleston, Manigault was educated locally and studied law at the Inner Temple in London. Although he did not actively practice law, his legal training enabled him to pursue a political career, collect debts owed to London merchants, and manage the business and plantation interests of absentee landowners. In 1755 Manigault was elected to the Commons House of Assembly, a position he held until he resigned in 1772. During the Stamp Act protests in 1765 he was elected Speaker of the Commons House of Assembly, and he was re-elected as Speaker for seven consecutive years. In 1772 he resigned from the Commons House due to his and his wife’s ill-health. In 1773, at his death, Peter Manigault was one of the wealthiest individuals in British North America.

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.