Born on Limerick Plantation on the Cooper River, John Huger was the son of Daniel and Mary Cordes Huger. He was a member of the Provincial Congress of South Carolina in 1775, and the Council of Safety. A captain in the South Carolina militia from 1776 to 1777, he served after the war as the first secretary of state of South Carolina and as the mayor of Charlesotn from 1772 to 1794.
Formerly attributed to Henry Benbridge, this miniature is probably the work of Edward Savage, who painted an easel portrait of Huger in 1787 (City Hall, Charleston).
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984