Lord Bryce observed, “The State Constitutions are the oldest things in the political history of America,”1 because they are linked to the royal colonial charters that created the earliest English settlements. South Carolina’s first written constitution in 1776 reflects influences well underway before the permanent settlement of Carolina Colony more than a century before.2 Administration of Carolina Colony reflects imperial British practices to some degree. For its early overseas ventures, the English monarch issued charters to create trading companies empowered to...
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