Thomas Heyward Jr.

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Thomas Heyward Jr. (1746 - 1809) was a South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress from 1776-1778 and a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. A lawyer, Heyward served as a member of the commons house of assembly for South Carolina in 1772, and as a member of the general assembly of that state from 1776-1778. During this time, he also served on the Continental Congress; later, he served in the South Carolina state house of representatives from 1778-1780 and 1782-1790. Heyward fought as commander of a unit of the South Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War, and was taken prisoner by the British at the siege of Charleston.[1]