John Julius Pringle, the eldest son of Robert Pringle and Judith (Mayrant) Pringle, studied law in England, where he was a student in the Temple. After the close of the Revolutionary War, he practiced law in Charleston for many years with great success.
In 1789, he was appointed by General Washington, United States Attorney General of South Carolina, which office he held for sixteen years. In June 1805, he was offered by President Jefferson the post of Attorney General of the United States, which he declined, preferring to remain in his native State.
He was the owner of Runnymede Plantation referred to in the Article on the Ashley River and its settlements (This Magazine, vol. XX, p. 98) On 1 January 1784, he married Susanna Reid, the youngest daughter of Dr. James Reid.
John died March 16, 1843, in his ninetieth year.
PRINGLE, John Julius, lawyer, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 22 July, 1753; died there, 17 March, 1843. His father, Robert (1702-'76), came from Scotland to South Carolina about 1730, became a merchant in Charleston, and in 1760-'9 was a justice of the court of common pleas. The son was graduated at the College of Philadelphia in 1771, and read law with John Rutledge and in England, where his published articles in defence of colonial rights attracted attention. At the beginning, of the American Revolution he went to France, and in 1778 he became secretary to Ralph Izard, United States commissioner in Tuscany. Returning home by way of Holland and the West Indies, he was admitted to the bar in 1781, and attained high rank in his profession. In 1787-'9 he was speaker of the state assembly, and in the latter year he served for a short time as United States district attorney, by special request of General Washington. In 1800 Thomas Jefferson, then secretary of state, appointed him to report on any infractions of the treaty with Great Britain that might occur in his state, and from 1792 till 1808 he served as attorney-general of South Carolina. In 1805 President Jefferson tendered him the attorney-generalship of the United States, but family reasons induced him to decline. Mr. Pringle was for four years president of the trustees of the College of Charleston. 
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