Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator Pierce Butler

Pierce Butler signer of the Constitution of the U.S.

Print (ca. 1810-1890) by Max Rosenthal

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Pierce Butler
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Life dates: 11 July 1744-15 February 1822
Place of Residence (1789): Prince William's Parish, South Carolina
Occupation (1789): Planter
Place of Birth: "Ballin Temple", County Carlow, Ireland
Age (March 4, 1789): 44
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: None
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: State Adjutant General
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Low
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1796
Additional Senate Service: 1802-1804
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