Governor of South Carolina
— 1703 - 1709 —Under his direction, Charleston was fortified, thereby making it one of three walled cities in North America, after Quebec, Canada and St. Augustine, Florida. As commander in chief of the armed forces, he successfully defended Charleston against a combined French and Spanish fleet. "Thus ended the first attempt to take the city of Charleston by a naval force, which failed, not through the strength of its fortifications nor the multitude of its defenders, but through the courage and activity of its citizens." He secured passage of the Church Act of 1706, ending the sectarian strife which had been sapping the strength of the colony by making the Anglican faith the state religion. He first promoted the culture of silk which became one of the leading exports of colonial South Carolina. He died in 1713 at the age of 68.
|Placed By||Society of First Families of South Carolina 1600 – 1700|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 4:11pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 600610 N 3626917|
|Decimal Degrees||32.77556667, -79.92571667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 46.534', W 79° 55.543'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 46' 32.04" N, 79° 55' 32.58" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10 Concord St, Charleston SC 29401, US|
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