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PRIOLEAU, Samuel, jurist, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 4 September, 1784 ; died in Pendleton, South Carolina, 10 August, 1840. His ancestors, who were French Huguenots, emigrated to this country immediately after the revocation of the edict of Nantes. Samuel was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, but was not graduated, was admitted to the bar of Charleston in 1808, and established a reputation as a lawyer. He was a member of the legislature for many years, chairman of the judiciary committee for several terms, and was active in 1820 in the preparation of the acts to "revise and amend the judiciary system of the state." The next year he made a report in favor of the constitutionality of internal improvements by the United States. He became intendant of Charleston in 1824, and recorder in 1825, and held office until his retirement in 1836. He was active in the promotion of educational and scientific enterprises, aided in establishing the Medical college of South Carolina, was one of its earliest trustees, and was an organizer of the Charleston literary club.
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