PENDLETON, Nathaniel (1756-1821)

PENDLETON, NATHANIEL, (nephew of Edmund Pendleton and cousin of John Penn), a Delegate from Georgia; born in New Kent County, Va., in 1756; entered the Revolutionary Army at the age of 19 years; aide-de-camp to Gen. Nathanael Greene in the campaigns in the southern states; at the close of the war settled in Georgia and studied law, ultimately becoming a district judge; elected a delegate to the Federal Convention of 1787 but did not attend; appointed to a Federal judgeship in Georgia in 1789 and served until 1796 when he resigned; elected to the Continental Congress in 1789 but did not attend; moved to New York City in 1796 and practiced law; served as a second to Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton's duel with Aaron Burr; died in Hyde Park, N.Y., October 20, 1821; interment in St. James' Churchyard.

The New-York Historical Society Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1767-1848, approximately 200 items.
The papers of Nathaniel Pendleton include correspondence, licenses and certificates, land papers, legal and financial documents, and a few family papers of jurist and Revolutionary War officer Nathaniel Pendleton of Virginia, Georgia, and New York City. The correspondence contains letters sent and received to and from various legal clients, judges, fellow attorney's, and professional associates concerning professional appointments, progress of individual suits and cases, including court martial proceedings against General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, land transactions, finances matters, and military and political affairs. The papers also include materials pertaining to Nathaniel Pendleton's friendship with Alexander Hamilton and his role as Alexander Hamilton's second in his duel with Aaron Burr, as well as maps and papers of Nathaniel Pendleton's father-in-law, Dr. John Bard. Papers of Nathaniel Pendleton's son, Edmund H. Pendleton, consists of correspondence with his wife Fanny, letters from Henry Clay, a document signed by Edmund H. Pendleton manumitting Paul Ray, July 5, 1822, born a slave to his father; and materials concerning the settlement of the estate inherited in part by Mary Jauncey de Varaigne of Paris, 1837-1848. Also present is a 17 page description of Georgia, written by Nathaniel Pendleton in 1800, entitled "A Short Account of the Sea Coast of Georgia, in Respect to Agriculture, Ship-Building, Navigation and the Timber Trade."

Papers: In the William Peter Van Ness Papers, 1800-1825, 0.4 linear foot.
Correspondents include Nathaniel Pendleton.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1784, 1 item.
A letter from Nathaniel Pendleton to an unidentified recipient. In the letter, Nathaniel Pendleton writes that General Greene's letter indicates they will see him soon. Nathaniel Pendleton also discusses Georgia, admission to the bar, and women.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1781-1910, 8 items.
These items include papers of Nathaniel Pendleton dating from 1781-1910.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: n.d., 1 item.
A memorandum signed by Nathaniel Pendleton but is an undated agreement between Richard Call and William Price.

Papers: 1785, 1 item.
A printed document signed by Nathaniel Pendleton on January 26, 1785.

Papers: 1787, 1 item.
A memorandum signed by Nathaniel Pendleton but is an agreement dated May 18, 1787, between Richard Call and Thomas Washington.

Papers: 1816, 1 item.
A letter from Nathaniel Pendleton to A. McIntyre written on October 11, 1816.