- John Lewis Gervais
John Lewis Gervais (1741-1798) was an American planter and statesman from
South Carolina. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congressin 1782 and 1783.
John was born in
Hanover, Germanywhere his parents were French Huguenotrefugees in 1741. He emigrated to South Carolina, arriving in Charleston in 1764. He started in the mercatile business, but soon expanded his interests to include a plantation.
Gervais first served in the revolutionary Provincial Congress in 1775. He was a member of the state’s "Committee of Safety" from 1775 to 1781. Under the new state government, he was elected to South Carolina’s Senate in 1781 and 1782.
The legislature sent him as a delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1782 and 1783. He came home in 1784, and was returned to the State Senate. In 1786, Senator Gervais led the efforts in the legislature to establish a new state capital. The result was the founding of
Columbia, South Carolina.
He died in Charleston on
August 18, 1798and is buried in St. Phillip’s Churchyard there.
* [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000142 Gervais’ biographic note at US Congress website]
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