William F. De Saussure
|William Ford De Saussure|
|United States Senator
from South Carolina
May 10, 1852 – March 4, 1853
|Preceded by||Robert Rhett|
|Succeeded by||Josiah J. Evans|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Richland District|
November 28, 1842 – December 17, 1847
November 27, 1837 – December 21, 1839
February 22, 1792|
Charleston, South Carolina
|Died||March 13, 1870
Columbia, South Carolina
In the 1820s de Saussure served two terms as Intendent, or Mayor, of the City of Columbia. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1846 and a judge of the chancery court in 1847.
De Saussure was appointed May 10, 1852, and then elected November 29, 1852, as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of R. Barnwell Rhett and served from May 10, 1852, to March 4, 1853.
He resumed the practice of law in Columbia, and was a trustee of South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia for many years. In December 1860 he was a delegate to South Carolina's Secession Convention and became a signer of the Ordinance of Secession which led directly to the opening hostilities of the Civil War.
He died in Columbia in 1870; interment was in the First Presbyterian Churchyard.
Famous family members
- Byrd, Robert C.; Wolff, Wendy (October 1, 1993). "The Senate, 1789-1989: Historical Statistics, 1789-1992" (volume 4 Bicentennial ed.). U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 164.
- United States Congress. "William F. De Saussure (id: D000270)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States Senate|
Robert B. Rhett
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Andrew P. Butler
Josiah J. Evans