Thomas Lynch, Sr. was born 1727 in St. James Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States and died 1776 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States of unspecified causes. He married Hanna Mott (c1727-) .

Political career

Thomas Lynch was born in St. James Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina, in 1727. He served in the Colonial Legislature of South Carolina and represented the Colony in the Stamp Act Congress, heading the committee which drafted the petition to the House of Commons.

Elected to the Continental Congress

Elected to both the First and Second Continental Congresses, Lynch joined Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Harrison on a committee sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to confer with General George Washington upon “the most effectual method of continuing, supporting, and regulating the Continental Army.”

In the ensuing discussions, Washington told the committee of his plan to arm ships to prey upon British supply lines. The gentlemen from Congress approved of the scheme and recommended it to Congress, thus giving essential political support to the establishment of “George Washington’s Navy,” the first organized naval force of the new Nation.


Thomas Lynch’s wife was a sister of South Carolina Congressman Isaac Motte; after Lynch's death after a stroke, she married South Carolina Governor William Moultrie. His son, Thomas Lynch, Jr. took his place in the Congress. His daughter Elizabeth was the mother of South Carolina Governor James Hamilton, Jr.


Offspring of Thomas Lynch and Hanna Mott (c1727-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Lynch (1749-1779) 1849 Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States 1779 At Sea
Elizabeth Lynch


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Namesakes of Thomas Lynch (1727-1776)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
Thomas Lynch (1769-c1830)Dublin, IrelandNew South Wales, AustraliaCelia Daley (1768-1826)
Thomas Lynch (1749-1779)Georgetown County, South Carolina, United StatesAt SeaThomas Lynch (1727-1776)
Thomas Lynch (1727-1776)St. James Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina, United StatesAnnapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United StatesHanna Mott (c1727-)

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