17 September-Pierce Butler American Constitution Signatory

Pierce Butler was born in Garryhundon, Tinryland County Carlow in July 1744. He is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. Butler helped frame the American Constitution and was one of its signatories. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the United States was agreed at the Constitutional Convention which met in Philadelphia in 1787.

As a young man Pierce Butler joined the British Army where his father had bought him a commission. In 1758 Butler was sent to America with his regiment, where he took part in the war with the French and Native Americans. He returned to Carlow in 1762 but by 1768 he was back in America, where as a major in the British Army his job was to help suppress the American Revolution.

When war broke out between England and the colonies in 1775, Pierce Butler resigned his commission and joined the revolutionaries. The war ended with victory for the colonies. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris saw Britain recognise the sovereignty of the United States. Pierce Butler was asked to represent South Carolina at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia where the American Constitution was agreed.

Pierce Butler helped frame the American Constitution and was one of its signatories in Philadelphia in the year 1787 On This Day.

U.S. Constitution — No. 4 by “Caveman Chuck” Coker on 2009-01-12 18:03:08