Pierce Butler

Pierce Mease Butler and his daughter Frances Kemble Butler, 1855 Pierce Butler (July 11, 1744February 15, 1822) was a South Carolina rice planter and politician, an officer in the Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as a state legislator, a member of the Congress of the Confederation, a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, and a member of the United States Senate.

Butler was also one of the largest slaveholders in the United States. He defended American slavery for both political and personal motives, even though he had private misgivings about the institution and particularly about the African slave trade. He introduced the Fugitive Slave Clause into a draft of the U.S. Constitution, which gave a federal guarantee to the property rights of slaveholders. He supported counting the full slave population in state totals for the purposes of Congressional apportionment. The Constitution's Three Fifths Compromise counted only three-fifths of the slave population in state totals, but still led to Southern states having disproportionate power in the U.S. Congress. Provided by Wikipedia
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Author: Butler, Pierce, 1873-
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Author: Ficklen, John Rose, 1858-1907.
Published 1910
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Published 1924
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