CHESNUT, James, Jr., (1815 - 1885)
Senate Years of Service: 1858-1860
Party: Democrat
CHESNUT, James, Jr., a Senator from South Carolina; was born near Camden, S.C., on January 18, 1815. He graduated from the law department of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1837. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Camden, S.C. He was a state representative from 1842-1854; a delegate to the southern convention at Nashville in 1850, and served in the State senate from 1854-1858. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Josiah J. Evans and served from December 3, 1858, until November 10, 1860. He then withdrew; expelled from the Senate in 1861 for support of the rebellion. He was a delegate to the Confederate Provisional Congress in 1861 and during the Civil War, he served as colonel in the Confederate Army. He was appointed brigadier general in 1864. after the Civil War, he resumed the practice of law in Camden, Kershaw County, S.C., and died there on February 1, 1885; interment in Knights Hill Cemetery, near Camden, S.C.