COLCOCK, William Ferguson, (1804 - 1889)


COLCOCK, William Ferguson, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Beaufort, S.C., November 5, 1804; attended Hulburt’s School, Charleston, S.C., and was graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1823; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Coosawhatchie, Jasper County, S.C.; also engaged in planting; member of the State house of representatives 1830-1847; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1853); a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution 1850-1853; collector of the port of Charleston 1853-1865, serving first under the United States Government and subsequently under the Confederate States Government; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Charleston in 1860; resumed the practice of law; died in McPhersonville, Hampton County, S.C., on June 13, 1889; interment in Stoney Creek Cemetery, Beaufort County, S.C.