Profession: Signer of the U.S. Constitution
Born in Charleston in 1746, Pinckney was educated abroad and returned to South Carolina in 1769 to practice law. During the Revolutionary War he served in the Continental Army reaching the rank of colonel. He was captured when Charleston fell to the British in 1780. He served in the South Carolina General Assembly from 1782-1784 and 1786-1790. Pinckney was elected to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and was a signer of the United States Constitution. After serving in the South Carolina Senate from 1790 to 1796, he became the United States Minister to France. He was nominated as the Federalist candidate for president in 1804 and 1808.