Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This early twentieth century suburb takes its name from Sans Souci, the nearby house and estate of Gov. Benjamin F. Perry (1805-1886). Perry, a prominent Unionist before the Civil War, was appointed provisional governor of S.C. by President Andrew Johnson in June 1865 and served until December 1865. In 1876-77 he built an ornate Second Empire house N of this location.
After B. F. Perry's death in 1886, the house was briefly a girl's school. His heirs sold the property in 1902 and it became the Sans Souci Country Club in 1905. The club moved to Byrd Blvd. and became the Greenville Country Club in 1924. The house burned in 1927. Residential and commercial development in this area from 1911 through World War II featured the name Sans Souci.
Erected 2008 by Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 23-37.)
Location. 34° 53.376′ N, 82° 24.973′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of West Blue Ridge Drive (State Highway 253) and North Franklin Road, on the right when traveling east on West Blue Ridge Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Fulton H. Anthony Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Greenville Graveyard (approx. one mile away); Boyhood Home of Hugh Smith Thompson (approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Brutontown (approx. 1.5 miles away); Irvin H. Philpot Highway (approx. 1.5 miles away); "The Poplars" / Elias Earle (approx. 1.7 miles away); Whitehall (approx. 2 miles away); Lawrence Peter Hollis (approx. 2.2 miles away); Parker High School Auditorium (approx. 2.2 miles away); Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
Also see . . .
1. Benjamin Franklin Perry. Benjamin Franklin Perry (November 20, 1805 – December 3, 1886) was a provisional Governor of South Carolina appointed by President Andrew Johnson in 1865 after the end of the American Civil War.
2. South Carolina Governor Benjamin Franklin Perry. Benjamin Franklin Perry was born in Pickens County, South Carolina.
3. Sans Souci, South Carolina. Sans Souci is a census-designated place (CDP) in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States.
4. Greenville County Club. Nestled in the heart of Greenville's Augusta Road neighborhood lies one of the South's most historic and prestigious country clubs.
1. About Benjamin Franklin Perry
Perry's life was an existence in contradiction. He was a slave owner who favored the Union. He published two newspapers: the Greenville Mountaineer (1829) and the Southern Patriot (1849), a pro-union paper. Perry's rival in the newspaper business was Turner Bynum. Bynum's paper was the Southern Sentinel and he used it to frequently attack Perry and his views. The two finally met in a duel with Bynum loosing his life. While Perry would go on to become governor of South Carolina, he regretted Bynum's death. He was the only South Carolina governor to ever kill a man in a duel.
2. About Sans Souci
The business elite of Greenville, in their growing affluence, did not neglect their own social life. In the early months of 1903 there was talk of forming a country club in Greenville, especially when Sans Souci, the former estate of Governor Benjamin F. Perry (for many years a fashionable school for young women), became available for the purpose. In 1905 a group of business leaders, headed by Ellison A. Smyth, purchased the estate and opened it as the Sans Souci Country Club. The French Second Empire house was surrounded by gardens, a nine-hole golf course, and clay tennis courts. The country club remained at Sans Souci until 1923, when it moved to its present location on Byrd Boulevard. (Source: Greenville: The History of the City and County in South Carolina by Archie Vernon Huff (1995), pg 275.)
3. More About Benjamin F. Perry
Perry, Benjamin Franklin, provisional governor of South Carolina (1865), was born in Pickens county, S.C., Nov. 20, 1805, of English ancestry. His father and maternal grandfather were both revolutionary soldiers. He worked on his father's farm and attended school alternately until at the age of sixteen he was sent to a school at Asheville, N.C. He learned the Latin grammar in one week, and prepared to enter South Carolina College. He read law in Greenville and Columbia, was admitted to the bar in Columbia, and began practice in Greenville in 1827. Early displaying an inclination for politics. he was a delegate to the Union convention in 1832, and in the same year became the editor of the "Mountaineer." a Union paper. He was elected a delegate in 1832 to a convention called to nullify the tariff acts of congress, and in 1833 to a convention called for the purpose of considering the promise made by Clay and Calhoun. In 1834, he was the Union candidate for congress in the congressional district of Mr. Calhoun, whose influence was used against him; he was defeated by a majority of sixty votes only in 7,000 by his popular opponent, Warren R. Davis. He was elected state representative in
4. About Ellison Adger Smyth
SMYTH, ELLISON ADGER, son of Thomas Smyth, D. D., and Margaret Milligan (Adger) Smyth, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, October 26, 1847. Thomas Smyth was characterized by indomitable will and energy. He was the pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Charleston for over forty years, and author of over thirty books.
Mr. Smyth's earliest known ancestor was his great great grandfather, William Ellison, who came to America from County Antrim, Ireland, in 1741. The great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, Robert Ellison, was a major in the Continental army, and was later state senator, and one of the founders of Mount Zion society, established in aid of education in the state. James Adger, the grandfather of Ellison A. Smyth, was a merchant and banker of Charleston, South Carolina.
Young Smyth's early life was passed in Charleston. He studied in Professor Sachtleben's classical school in that city, and later became a cadet in South Carolina Military academy; he was also a cadet at the close of the War between the States.
Mr. Smyth's active life-work began with his entrance, in 1866,
In 1896, Mr. Smyth was appointed by President McKinley to the United States Industrial commission, in which position he continued two years. He was also captain of the Washington Artillery Rifle club, of Charleston, from 1875 to 1879; vice- president of the Carolina Rifle club, of Charleston, in 1870-1875, and captain of the Greenville guards from 1888-1892. During the year 1864-65, Mr. Smyth served in the Third regiment of the South Carolina state militia.
He is president of the Sans Souci Country club, of Greenville, South Carolina, and is a member of the Metropolitan club, of Washington, District of Columbia; the Maryland club, of Baltimore; the Manhattan club, of New York; the Columbia club, of Columbia, South Carolina; the Manufacturers club, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Greenville club, of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a Democrat in politics, and a Presbyterian in religion.
On February 17, 1869, Mr. Smyth married Miss Julia Gambrill. They have had twelve children, five of whom are living in 1908.
His address is Greenville, South Carolina. (Source: Men Of Mark In South Carolina V3: Ideals Of American Life, A Collection Of Biographies Of Leading Men Of The State by James Calvin Hemphill (1908), pgs 405-406.)
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