South Carolina Archives
Petitions to Practice Law, 1820
CREATOR: Constitutional Court.
TITLE: Petitions to practice law
VOLUME: 0.33 cubic ft.
BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL NOTE: S.C. Statute 1812(5)677 required attorneys
to be citizens of the state, have attained their majority, offer character
references, and pass the legal examination outlined in S.C. Statute 1796(5)289.
The 1796 act required applicants to submit their petitions of admittance to the
court at Columbia or Charleston while they were in session. Upon approval of a
candidate's qualifications, he would be examined by a competent number of the
bar presided over by at least two justices and, after passing the
examination, be admitted to the bar.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of a single petition made to the
Constitutional Court from Thomas Gadsden Jr., dated January 10, 1820, to
practice law in the state. Information includes Gadsden's age, desire to be
admitted to the practice of law, place of residence, and readiness to be
examined by the justices. His "moral character" is attested to by John Gadsden
and E. H. Edwards. Thomas Gadsden, Jr. was enrolled among the attorneys of
Charleston and pleaded his first case before the Constitutional Court at
Charleston during the 1820 May term.
INDEX/FINDING AID: The name of the applicant and of the persons offering
a testimonial in his behalf are indexed in the repository's On- line Combined
Index to Multiple Record Series, 1675-1929, and in the Combined Alphabetical
Index produced by the repository on computer output microfilm (COM) in 1991. In
the computer output microfilm index this series is represented by the numeric
code 0025 002.
ADDITIONAL FORM: The entire series has been digitized. The digital
images are linked to index hits from the On-line Records Index on the
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the Constitutional Court.