A Virginia native who came to SouthCarolina ca. 1765, General ThomasSumter was a leader in civil as wellas military affairs. He served in theFirst and Second Provincial Congresses, in the S.C. General Assembly, as U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator. South Carolina'slast Revolutionary War general, hedied in 1832 at his Sumter Districthome in Stateburg, where he was a large landowner and planter.His tomb there notes him as afounder of the Republic.
This street is named for oneof the great Partisan Generalsof the American Revolution,Thomas Sumter, the fighting"Gamecock." After Charlestonfell in May 1780, Sumter rallied theup country against the British with major victories at Hanging Rock, Fishdam Ford, and Blackstock's.In 1781, Congress cited Sumterfor his gallant leadership andmilitary conduct, and for theconspicuous courage, perseverance,and patriotism of his volunteermilitia.