Aedenus Burke | History of SC Slide Collection

Aedenus Burke (1743-1802) served South Carolina as an anti-federalist legislator and a judge, one who was associated with the interests of the Backcountry in spite of his connections and residence in Charleston. Born in Galway, Ireland, he emigrated to the colonies as a young man, receiving legal training in Virginia before settling in Charleston, where he served in the militia and was appointed a judge of the state Circuit Court in 1778. A prolific pamphleteer, he opposed ratification of the United States Constitution, and then represented South Carolina in the First Federal Congress after it was adopted, declining reelection in 1790.

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