William Elliott (writer)

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William Elliott (27 April 1788 – February 1863) was a South Carolina writer of non-fiction.


He born in Beaufort, South Carolina. He entered Harvard at age 18, and did well. He returned to South Carolina without completing his studies, but received a degree in 1810. During the nullification crisis in South Carolina in 1832 he was a senator in the state legislature, but resigned upon being instructed by his constituents to vote to nullify the tariff law, not believing in the right of nullification, though unalterably opposed to protection. He afterward devoted himself to the management of his estates and rural sports, and occasionally published essays on rural economy, controversial articles on political science and economics, sporting sketches signed “Venator” and “Piscator,” and poems, and delivered many addresses before agricultural societies. His letters against secession, signed “Agricola,” and published in 1851, were among his latest expressions of opinion upon political subjects. He died in Charleston in 1863.[1][2]


He contributed largely to the periodical press of the south, especially the Southern Review. His published works include:

  • Address before the St. Paul's Agricultural Society (Charleston, 1850)
  • Carolina Sports by Land and Water, a collection of sporting sketches originally contributed to one of the newspapers of Charleston, South Carolina (1856)
  • Fiesco, a tragedy (1850)


  1. ^ Fulton, Maurice Garland (1917). Southern Life in Southern Literature. Kessinger Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 0-7661-4624-3. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Elliott, Stephen". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 

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