Thomas Lynch (statesman)

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Thomas Lynch
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Thomas Lynch Sr.
Personal details
Born 1727
South Carolina
Died December 1776
Children Son: Thomas Lynch Jr.
Daughter: Elizabeth
Occupation member of the First and Second Continental Congresses
Other notable people share this name. See Thomas Lynch (disambiguation).

Thomas Lynch (1727–1776) was an American planter and statesman from South Carolina. He was a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress of 1765 and the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776.

Political career

Thomas Lynch was born in St. James Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina, in 1727. He served in the Colonial Legislature of South Carolina and represented the Colony in the Stamp Act Congress, heading the committee which drafted the petition to the House of Commons.

Elected to the Continental Congress

Elected to both the First and Second Continental Congresses, Lynch joined Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Harrison on a committee sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to confer with General George Washington upon "the most effectual method of continuing, supporting, and regulating the Continental Army."

In the ensuing discussions, Washington told the committee of his plan to arm ships to prey upon British supply lines. The gentlemen from Congress approved of the scheme and recommended it to Congress, thus giving essential political support to the establishment of "George Washington's Navy," the first organized naval force of the new Nation.


Thomas Lynch's wife, Hannah Motte, was a sister of Isaac Motte, who became a South Carolina Congressman. Following Lynch's death, his widow Hannah married South Carolina Governor William Moultrie.[1] His daughter Elizabeth married James Hamilton; their son James Hamilton Jr. was elected as governor of South Carolina in 1830. Following Lynch's death due to a stroke, their son Thomas Lynch Jr. was appointed to his seat in Congress and continued in a political career.


  1. ^ Smith, Alice R. Huger; Smith, D.E. Huger (2007). The Dwelling Houses of Charleston. Charleston: The History Press. p. 32. ISBN 9781596292611. 

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