Jonathan Badger, 1719 - 1774


Occupation

cabinetmaker; publisher; attorney

Place of work

Charleston, South Carolina, Newport, Rhode Island

Place of birth

Boston, Massachusetts

Biography

Though Boston-born cabinetmaker Jonathan Badger was active in Charleston, South Carolina, it is not clear that he ever worked in that capacity after his remove to Newport in 1770.

Born in 1719 in New England, he lived in Charleston, South Carolina by 1744 when he was indentified on a list of jurors of the town. Though he was intermittently identified as a cabinetmaker in the years that followed his business interests we varied. In 1752, he advertised for sale a volume of psalms and hymns. Later in life, he would also be identified as an attorney.

He left Charleston for Newport in 1770 with his family, probably living in New England until his 1774 death.(1)

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1. Bradford L Rauschenberg and John Bivins, The Furniture of Charleston 1680-1820 vol. III (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 2003), 895-898.