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James ReidPringle


Elected intendant September 6, 1830, succeeding John Gadsden. Succeeded by Henry L. Pinckney, September 1831.
Born 1782, died July 11, 1840, buried in St. Michael's Episcopal churchyard.
Son of Robert Pringle and Mary Reid, married Elizabeth Mary McPherson 1807.
Represented St. Philip's and St. Michael's parishes in State House during three General Assemblies, 1808-1813, and in State Senate during three General Assemblies, 1814-1819; resigned upon his appointment as United States Collector for the Port of Charleston.

Bailey, N. Louise, Mary L. Morgan, and Carolyn R. Taylor. Biographical Directory of the South Carolina Senate, 1776-1985. Volume 2. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1986.
Charleston Courier, September 7, 1830.


Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress www.lofc.gov

James R. Pringle bought 172 Rutledge Avenue in 1838. The Pringle family held the property until 1845, then sold it to George A. Trenholm.
Since 1909 Ashley Hall School has occupied the property, known today as the Patrick Duncan House.


Sanborn Company Fire Insurance map, 1888

7 Orange Street, a frame dwelling house with attached brick kitchen, in 1888.


Sanborn Company Fire Insurance map, 1902

7 Orange Street, 1902


Charleston County Register of Mesne Conveyance, Plat Book A, p. 29

Elizabeth Mary (McPherson) Pringle died in 1843, directing in her will that her Orange Street house be sold for payment of legacies and debts. In 1847 her heirs sold it to E. W. Edgerton for $6,500. This plat, drawn by Robert Q. Pinckney, was annexed to the deed.


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7 Orange Street, home of Intendant James R. Pringle.
In 1747, Alexander Petrie subdivided his Orange Garden tract, leaving "an open street on the east side thereof of 20' width," which became Orange Street. The Pringle residence was built ca. 1769 for Col. Charles Pinckney (1732-1782); in 1822 William Price sold it to J. R. Pringle for $12,000. The Pringle family retained this property for rental income after they moved to Rutledge Avenue (then known as Pinckney Street) in 1838.


Bishop Roberts and W. H. Toms, The Ichnography of Charles-Town at High Water. London, 1739.

Approximate location of 7 Orange Street in 1739, before the street was opened.


Ichnography of Charleston, South Carolina. Surveyed by Edmund Petrie for the Phoenix Fire Company of London, 1788. www.lofc.gov

This 1788 map depicts 7 Orange Street. Frances Brewton Pinckney, Charles Pinckney's widow, sold the property in 1794.



"James Reid Pringle"          1820
by Charles Fraser (American, 1782-1860)
Watercolor on ivory
Image courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art


Courtesy of Gibbes Museum of Art www.gibbesmuseum.org

"James Reid Pringle" 1845
by Charles Fraser (American, 1782-1860)
Watercolor on ivory
Image courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art


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