Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

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Charles Cotesworth "C. C." Pinckney (February 25, 1746August 16, 1825) was an early American statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as their presidential candidate, but he did not win either election.


  • The legislature of the United States shall pass no law on the subject of religion nor touching or abridging the liberty of the press.
    • Resolution offered in the Philadelphia Convention, May 29, 1787. The United States Constitution was enacted without any protection for religion or the press, but with the understanding that a Bill of Rights would shortly be enacted to address these concerns.
  • No; no; not a sixpence.
    • Letter to Timothy Pickering (October 27, 1797), relating the American response to a French request for a tribute or bribe, in State Papers and Publick Documents of the United States, 3d ed. (1819), vol. 3, p. 492. The French had seized several American ships. Often misquoted as "...not a penny".

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