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“H” is for Harper, Robert Goodloe (1765-1825)

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“H” is for Harper, Robert Goodloe (1765-1825). Congressman, U.S. senator. Born in Virginia and reared in North Carolina, Harper was a fifteen-year-old cavalryman during the Revolutionary War. After graduating from Princeton, he moved to Charleston where he practiced law. From 1774-1801 he represented South Carolina in the U.S. Congress. Harper was a dedicated Federalist—defending the Jay Treaty and the Alien and Sedition Acts as constitutional. Unlike many Federalists, Harper was an ardent supporter of western expansion. After retiring from Congress, he moved to Maryland where he practiced law. His oratorical skills attracted numerous influential clients and argued cases in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He served in the Maryland state senate and represented the state in the U.S. Senate. In 1816 Robert Goodloe Harper was the Federalist Party’s vice presidential candidate.

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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.