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American National Biography

Charles Pinckney

Conspicuously ambitious and prone to overstate his own accomplishments, Pinckney failed to impress some contemporaries. But he had ability and an optimistic faith in the political and economic future of a developing nation in which (white) men were uniquely equal. To develop their potential, he believed at the time of the Constitutional Convention, the states needed a more "energetic" central government; by the time of the Missouri Compromise, he was convinced that the United States could profit from the example of South Carolina, where members of a social and economic elite, like himself, dominated an ostensibly democratic, harmoniously functioning political system.

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