IZARD, Ralph (c 1741-1804)
Senate Years of Service: 1789-1795

IZARD, RALPH, a Delegate and a Senator from South Carolina; born at "The Elms," near Charleston, S.C., January 23, in 1741 or 1742; pursued classical studies in England; returned to America briefly in 1764, but went abroad to reside, taking up his residence in London in 1771; moved to Paris, France, in 1776; appointed commissioner to the Court of Tuscany by the Continental Congress in 1776, but was recalled in 1779; returned to America in 1780; pledged his large estate in South Carolina for the payment of war ships to be used in the Revolutionary War; Member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789, to March 3, 1795; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Third Congress; one of the founders of the College of Charleston; retired from public life to the care of his estates; died near Charleston, May 30, 1804; interment in the churchyard of St. James Goose Creek Episcopal Church, near Charleston, S.C.

College of Charleston
Charleston, SC
Papers: Ca. 1,000 volumes of the Izard Library. Partially catalogued.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: 1 letter (December 3, 1782) from Joseph Reed in Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume VI, Miscellany, 1774-1807.

Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Arthur Lee papers, 1741-1882. Finding aid.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 3 items (September 6, 1790-October 26, 1790) in Tench Coxe papers.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In Ralph Izard family papers 1778-1826. 7 containers. Almost entirely letters of his wife and children.

National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC
Papers: 2 items (August 7, 10, 1789) in Papers of the Confederation Congress.

New York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: April 3, 1789. 1 item.

New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 item (May 12, 1790) in miscellaneous papers.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1793-1794. 2 items.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Columbia, SC
Papers: 1 item (February 15, 1790) in "U.S. Relations with S.C.''

South Carolina Historical Society
Charleston, SC
Papers: Correspondence in Benjamin H. Rutledge papers, 1979-1828.

University of South Carolina
South Caroliniana Library
Columbia, SC
Papers: 1709-1833. 343 items. Chiefly political correspondence and letters to and from family members after his death. Also correspondence in Pierce Butler letterbook, 1790-1794. Finding aid. z

  • Deas, Anne (Izard), ed. Correspondence of Mr. Ralph Izard of South Carolina: From the Year 1774 to 1804, with a Short Memoir. 1844. Reprint. New York: AMS Press, 1976.
  • Izard, Ralph. An Account of a Journey to Niagara, Montreal and Quebec, in 1765. New York: W. Osborn, 1846.
  • ___. Some Letters of Ralph Izard to Thomas Jefferson. Charleston, SC: Walker, Evans Cogswell Co., 1901.