Before the Congress…• Representatives from all over South Carolina met in Charles Town to choose delegates to send to Philadelphia.• While there, they created the “General Committee of 99” to govern the colony.
South Carolina Representatives • Representatives were wealthy men from the Lowcountry. –Thomas Lynch –John Rutledge –Henry Middleton –Christopher Gadsden –Edward Rutledge
Congressional Roles• South Carolina representatives supported independence.• John Rutledge served on the committee that drafted a letter to the British people explaining the colonists position.• Thomas Lynch & Christopher Gadsden helped design the non-importation/non- exportation agreement
Non-Importation/Non- Exportation Agreement• The First Continental Congress agreed that the colonies would not buy certain items from Great Britain, or sell certain items to them.• South Carolina’s delegates argued that the sale of rice was essential to their survival, so it was excluded from the list (even though rice from other colonies was not).
South Carolina Delegates• Arthur Middleton• Thomas Lynch, Jr.• Thomas Heyward, Jr.• Edward Rutledge
Views on Independence• On the first vote for independence the delegates voted against it.• On the second vote, the delegates voted for it.• No one knows why they switched their vote.• While the South Carolina delegates supported the Declaration, not all South Carolinians thought the colonies should be independent.