Clemson in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
John C. Calhoun Memorial Highway
Named in honor of John Caldwell Calhoun, (1782-1850), the Old South's most admired statesman and profound philosopher and America's most influential spokesman for state's rights.
From 1808 to 1810 he served his state as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives. Between 1811 and 1850 he served in the federal government as congressman, as secretary of war, twice as vice-president, as secretary of state, and as senator.
Calhoun was a brilliant parliamentarian, an able administrator, and a patriotic American. In 1957, the U.S. Senate voted Calhoun one of America's five "outstanding" senators of the past. (The others were Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Robert M. LaFollette, and Robert B. Taft.)
Calhoun's home "Fort Hill" is located on nearby Clemson University Campus, Pickens County. He is interred in St. Philip's Churchyard, Charleston, S.C.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Education • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1808.
Location. 34° 41.167′ N, 82° 47.733′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clemson SC 29631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Gateway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hanover House (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Hanover House (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Hanover House (approx. 1˝ miles away); a different marker also named Hanover House (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Hayden Conference Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dr. Luther W. Baxter (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hunt Cabin (approx. 1.6 miles away); Log House (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Camellia Garden (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clemson.
Also see . . .
1. John C. Calhoun. John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850) was a leading United States Southern politician from South Carolina during the first half of the 19th century. (Submitted on December 4, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. John C. Calhoun by Holley Ulbrich. John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782-March 31, 1850) was a United States representative, senator, secretary of war, secretary of state, and vice president. (Submitted on December 4, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Vice Presidents of the United States: John C. Calhoun (pdf). (Submitted on December 4, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. "The Clay Compromises", a Speech by John C. Calhoun, March 4, 1850. Calhoun's final speech, he was too ill to deliver it. It was read on the floow of the Senate, with him present, by another senator. By March 31, Calhoun was dead. (Submitted on December 4, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. John Caldwell Calhoun (1782 - 1850)
John Caldwell Calhoun, (cousin of John Ewing Colhoun and Joseph Calhoun), a Representative and a Senator from South Carolina and a Vice President of the United States; born near Calhoun Mills, Abbeville District (now Mount Carmel, McCormick County), S.C., March 18, 1782; attended the common schools and private academies; graduated from Yale College in 1804; studied law, admitted to the bar in 1807, and commenced practice in Abbeville, S.C.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member, State house of representatives 1808-1809; elected as a Democratic Republican to the Twelfth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1811, to November 3, 1817, when he resigned; Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President James Monroe 1817-1825; elected vice president of the United States in 1824 with President John Quincy Adams; reelected in 1828 with President Andrew Jackson and served from March 4, 1825, to December 28, 1832, when he resigned, having been elected as a Democratic Republican (later Nullifier) to the United States Senate on December 12, 1832, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert Y. Hayne; reelected in 1834 and 1840 and served from December 29, 1832, until his resignation, effective March 3, 1843; Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President John Tyler 1844-1845; again elected to the United States Senate, as a Democrat, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Daniel E. Huger; reelected in 1846 and served from November 26, 1845, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 31, 1850; chairman, Committee on Finance (Twenty-ninth Congress); interment in St. Philip’s Churchyard, Charleston, S.C. (Source: Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress.)
— Submitted December 27, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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