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CALHOUN, John Erwin, senator, born in 1749; died in Pendleton district, South Carolina, 26 November, 1802. When very young he lost his father, but was educated by his uncle. He was graduated at Princeton in 1774, studied law, began practice in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1789, and became distinguished in his profession. He was a commissioner of confiscated estates, was for many years a member of the South Carolina legislature, and United States senator from 11 December, 1801, till his death. He was a member of the committee to report a modification of the United States judiciary system. Senator Calhoun was a supporter of Jefferson, and an eloquent and independent man.
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