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Nelson Mullins Partner William Hubbard's Address to the South Carolina Bar

January 24, 2014
William C. Hubbard

When you enter the Great Hall of Middle Temple, one of the great Inns of Court in London, immediately to your left is a bronze plaque. It reads:

"On 4th July 1776 the following members of the Middle Temple signed the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America:

Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Thomas McKean, Thomas Lynch, Arthur Middleton"

Four of those five were South Carolinians.

The plaque further reads:

"On 17th September 1787 the thirty-nine members of the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution of the United States of America. Of these, seven were Middle Templars:

William Livingston, John Blair, John Dickinson, John Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Jared Ingersoll, Charles Pinckney" 

Three of the seven were South Carolinians.

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