The Papers of Henry Laurens


William Tennent (1740-1777)

A Presbyterian minister from a well known New Jersey family of ministers, Tennent came to the Independent (Congregational) Church of Charleston in November 1771. He was an ardent Whig, and served in the Provincial Congress and the General Assembly. In 1775, he was sent along with William Henry Drayton and Oliver Hart to explain the patriots' opposition to British actions to the backcountrymen. He also worked for disestablishment of the Church of England.
N. Louise Bailey and Elizabeth Ivey Cooper, Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Volume III, 1775-1790 (Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1981), pp. 704-706.