• First Black Man To Become South Carolina Registrar; Signed State Constitution; Delegate To GOP Convention

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    WILLIAM J. MCKINLAY, (1835 – 1881) was a free-born Mulatto in Charleston, SC, well-educated and the first Registrar of Mesne Conveyance in America. He signed the 1868 South Carolina Constitution and was twice a delegate to the GOP National Convention. 

    Offering a DS as registrar, April 18, 1877, Charleston County, SC, certifying his examination of indices.  “I find no unsatisfied mortgages...”

    Very fine signature on the verso with a couple of light ink smudges.  Front of the document has a couple of small light stains. Else very good.

    Comes with copy of his certificate of death and other research.

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