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William Drayton Sr.

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William Drayton Sr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
November 18, 1789 – May 18, 1790
Appointed byGeorge Washington
Preceded bySeat established by 1 Stat. 73
Succeeded byThomas Bee
Chief Justice for the Province of East Florida
In office
Appointed byJames Grant
Preceded byJames Moultrie
Succeeded byJames Hume
Personal details
William Drayton

(1732-03-21)March 21, 1732
Ashley River,
Province of South Carolina,
British America
DiedMay 18, 1790(1790-05-18) (aged 58)
South Carolina
ChildrenWilliam Drayton
EducationMiddle Temple
read law

William Drayton Sr. (March 21, 1732 – May 18, 1790) was Chief Justice of the British American Province of East Florida and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Education and career

Born March 21, 1732, near the Ashley River in the Province of South Carolina, British America,[1] Drayton graduated from the Middle Temple in London, England in 1754 and read law in 1756.[1] He was a Justice of the Peace in Berkeley County, Province of South Carolina from 1756 to 1763.[1] He was Chief Justice of the British American Province of East Florida from 1765 to 1778.[1] He resigned that post due to conflicts with Governor Patrick Tonyn of the Province of East Florida.[2] He was a Judge of the South Carolina Admiralty Court in 1789.[1] He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina in 1789.[1]

Landholdings in Florida

Drayton bought properties in Florida, including what is called Drayton Island, but was an indifferent planter.[2]

Federal judicial service

Drayton received a recess appointment from President George Washington on November 18, 1789, to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 73.[1] He was nominated to the same position by President Washington on February 8, 1790.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 10, 1790, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on May 18, 1790, due to his death in South Carolina.[1]


Drayton was the father of William Drayton, a United States Representative from South Carolina.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j William Drayton at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b "Drayton Island". University of Florida. Retrieved 2007-02-13.

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Preceded by
Seat established by 1 Stat. 73
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Thomas Bee
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