Monday, July 14, 2014

The Exciting Life of Henry Laurens of Charleston, SC

Henry Laurens
Henry Laurens distinguished himself as a wealthy rice planter from Charleston, South Carolina who served as a delagate to the Second Continental Congress in Laurnes Counth. He sededed John Hancock as the President of the Congress. His son, John Laurens, was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War who died shortly thereafter.  Most people do not know that Henry Laurens was the only American to have been imprisoned in the Tower of London.  It was during the Revolutionary War. The doors went unlocked to his quarters, but he did not attempt to escape.  Although he died ca 1792 in Chareston, a  pettition in Laurens name was filed after 1800 in the court and is available to view online at South Carolina Pioneers
Tower of London

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