GRAYSON, William John, (1788 - 1863)


GRAYSON, William John, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Beaufort, S.C., November 2, 1788; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1809; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Beaufort, S.C.; member of the State house of representatives, 1813-1815 and 1822-1825; served in the State senate 1826-1831; elected commissioner in equity for Beaufort District in 1831 and resigned from the senate; elected as a Nullifier to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); collector of customs at Charleston from August 9, 1841, to March 19, 1853; retired to his plantation; was a frequent contributor to the Southern Quarterly Review; died in Newberry, S.C., on October 4, 1863; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.