Glossary Term – Person
Henry Laurens (1724–1792) was a Charleston, South Carolina, merchant and planter. From 1777 to 1778, Laurens served as the president of the Continental Congress. In August 1780, Laurens sailed for Holland to negotiate a loan on behalf of Congress, but he was captured by the British navy and eventually imprisoned in the Tower of London. In December 1781, the British government exchanged Laurens for Lord Charles Cornwallis. In 1782, Laurens served as a commissioner in peace negotiations and retired soon after.