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Bee, Thomas
Born 1739 in Charleston, SC
Died February 18, 1812, in Pendleton, SC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Nominated by George Washington on June 11, 1790, to a seat vacated by William Drayton. Confirmed by the Senate on June 14, 1790, and received commission on June 14, 1790. Service terminated on February 18, 1812, due to death.

Education:
University of Oxford
Read law, 1761

Professional Career:
Private practice, Charleston, South Carolina, 1761-1762, 1765-1769, 1769-1772, 1782-1786
Member, South Carolina Commons House of Assembly, 1762-1765, 1772-1776
Member, South Carolina General Assembly, 1776-1778
State representative, South Carolina, 1778-1779, 1781-1782, 1786-1788; speaker, January-February, 1779
Commissioner for stamping and issuing paper bills of credit, Charleston, South Carolina, 1769
Lieutenant governor, South Carolina, 1780
Delegate, Continental Congress, 1780-1781
State senator, South Carolina, 1788-1790

Nominated to be chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit, February 21, 1801; confirmed, February 24, 1801; declined appointment
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