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Welcome to the Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen—A Digital Documentary Edition

The Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen Digital Edition is a historical documentary editing project that will collect and publish the personal and public papers of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825), his brother Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828), and their cousin Charles Pinckney (1756–1824). Each of these three South Carolina men played a leading role in military, political, diplomatic, and economic affairs on the state and national levels during and after the American Revolution.

The Pinckney Statesmen project was founded by Constance B. Schulz, Ph.D. Begun in 2013 with private funding, it is hosted by the University of South Carolina History Department and supported by the USC College of Arts and Sciences as well as several USC programs and affiliates. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pinckney Statesmen edition will be published by Rotunda, the digital imprint of the University of Virginia Press, in its “American Founding Era Collection” between 2016 and 2020.

We welcome you to explore our website and learn more about our efforts to document the lives of the Pinckney statesmen, their families, and their times.

For up-to-date information on the work of the Pinckney Statesmen project, please visit our Facebook page, The Pinckney Papers Projects.






Dress sword of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 1750–1780. Courtesy of the Charleston Museum. (top)

Uniform coat of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 1796–1798. Courtesy of the Charleston Museum. (left)

Notes of James Wilson on Resolutions of Charles Pinckney, Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia,
29 May 1787. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (center)

Suit jacket and breeches of Thomas Pinckney, ca. 1793. Courtesy of the Charleston Museum. (right)