Jonathan Badger, 1719–1774


cabinetmaker; publisher; attorney


Charleston, South Carolina, Newport, Rhode Island


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

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.(1)

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Bradford L Rauschenberg and John Bivins, The Furniture of Charleston 1680-1820, 3 vols. (Winston-Salem, N.C.: The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 2003), 3: 895-898.