Thomas Lynch Jr.

Born into a life of privilege, power, and prestige, Thomas Lynch Jr. was the son of an affluent political leader and wealthy planter in Prince George’s Parish, South Carolina. Thomas Lynch senior was a prominent South Carolina delegate in the Continental Congress, a role that his son would later inherit. At the age of 12, Lynch was sent to study at the venerable private college of Eton, in England. Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton was an illustrious establishment reserved only for noblemen and royalty. After graduating, he continued his education at the Cambridge University and also studied law at the exclusive Middle Temple in London. In 1772, Lynch returned to South Carolina to announce that he had no intention to practice law, despite spending years at one of the most renown law schools in the world. His father gave him a large plantation on the Sante River to start a new life with his wife, Elizabeth Shubrich (whose sister married South Carolina signer Edward Rutledge, making the two signers brothers-in-law).