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Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792



  • Existence: 1724 - 1792

Henry Laurens was an American merchant, slave trader, and rice planter from South Carolina who became a political leader during the Revolutionary War. A delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Laurens succeeded John Hancock as President of the Congress. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and President of the Continental Congress when the Articles were passed on November 15, 1777.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Henry Laurens letter

Mss 778563
Identifier: Mss 778563
Scope and Contents Letter from Henry Laurens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to "Sir," sending a copy of an Act of Congress, recommending religion and good morals and the suppression of theatricals, horse racing and gaming. Enclosure missing.

New Hampshire Grants

Mss 778573
Identifier: Mss 778573
Scope and Contents Copy of a letter, dated 23 Oct. 1778, from Joseph Marsh, Chairman of the Assembly of the State of Vermont, to Henry Laurens, President of Congress; copy of a circular from the Cornish Convention of 1779 to the towns in the New Hampshire Grants, both relating to political matters in the Grants. Copies made by W.F. Goodwin for Charles Marsh in 1869.