Born in Ireland, Pierce Butler (1744-1822) arrived in America as an officer in the British Army stationed in Boston. However, he resigned prior to the Revolutionary War and moved to Charleston where he became a planter. Butler served in the Continental Congress from 1787 to 1788, and in 1787 he was among the four Lowcountry men elected by the legislature to be delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. From 1789 until 1804, Butler served in the U.S. Senate. He died in Philadelphia on February 25, 1822.
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