Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel R.T. Jaynes
This building, constructed in 1905, was the law office of "Colonel" Robert Thompson Jaynes from 1905 until he retired in 1950.
"Colonel Bob" began his practice of law in 1885. His most notable case was Hopkins vs. Clemson College, a case which he argued and won before the United States Supreme Court in 1911. This landmark legal decision redefined the relationship of the states with their state supported colleges and has been cited in related legal proceedings ever since.
Coincidentally, the ruling in this case helped protect the former site of Seneca Town, a Cherokee village on Seneca River.
Erected by Members of the Cleveland Family.
Location. 34° 45.85′ N, 83° 4.082′ W. Marker is in Walhalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on Short Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 70 Short Street, Westminster SC 29693, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patriot's Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. John A. Wagener (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oconee County Veterans Memorial (about Oconee Heritage Center (about 300 feet away); Combat Infantrymen Monument (about 300 feet away); The Silver Rose (about 300 feet away); Duty, Honor, Country (about 400 feet away); The English School (about 500 feet away); John A. Wagener Monument (about 600 feet away); St. Johnís Lutheran Church (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Walhalla.
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1. Robert Thompson Jaynes Find-a-Grave Entry. Birth: Feb. 14, 1862; Death: Dec. 9, 1950. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Hopkins v. Clemson Agricultural College - 221 U.S. 636 (1911). In this case, held that an agricultural college corporation was not such an agent of the state as to be immune under the Eleventh Amendment from suit for damages caused by erection of a dyke and consequent overflow of plaintiff's property; but also held that, as the dyke was on property belonging to the state, the state would be a necessary party to the suit in order to decree removal, and, in the absence of consent to be sued, the court had no jurisdiction to decree removal. (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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