|United States Secretary of State|
May 9, 1843 - June 20, 1843
|William S. Derrick (Acting)|
|16th United States Attorney General|
September 13, 1841 - June 20, 1843
|John J. Crittenden|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 1st district
March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1839
|Henry L. Pinckney|
|Isaac E. Holmes|
|United States Minister to Belgium|
September 25, 1832 - June 9, 1836
|7th Attorney General of South Carolina|
November 27, 1830 - November 29, 1832
|Governor||James Hamilton Jr.|
|James L. Petigru|
Hugh Swinton Legaré
January 2, 1797
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
|Died||June 20, 1843 (aged 46)|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||University of South Carolina, Columbia (BA)|
Partly due to his inability to share in the amusements of his fellows as a result of a deformity due to a vaccine poisoning suffered before he was five (the poison permanently arresting the growth and development of his legs), Legaré was an eager student and was president of the Clariosophic Society at the College of South Carolina (now University of South Carolina at Columbia), from which he graduated in 1814 with the highest rank in his class and with a reputation for scholarship and eloquence.
After practicing for a time in Charleston, he became a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, serving between 1820 and 1821 and then again between 1824 and 1830. He also founded and edited the Southern Review between 1828 and 1832.
From 1830 until 1832 he was the Attorney General of South Carolina, and he supported states' rights, he strongly opposed nullification. He was Attorney General until he was appointed chargé d'affaires to Brussels in 1832, serving there until 1836.
On his return he was elected to the 25th Congress as a Democrat, but failed in a re-election bid the following term. In 1841 President John Tyler named him Attorney General of the United States and he served in that office until his death. He also served as Secretary of State ad interim from May 8, 1843, until his death.
He died in Boston while attending ceremonies for the unveiling of the Bunker Hill Monument. He was first interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was later re-interred in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston. The USCGC Legare, which is a medium endurance cutter, was named in his honor.
John J. Crittenden
| U.S. Attorney General
Served under: John Tyler
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Henry L. Pinckney
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st congressional district
Isaac E. Holmes
| U.S. Chargé d'Affaires to Belgium