Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel William Rhett
arrived at Charles Towne in 1694.
In 1712 he built and lived at 54 Hasell Street,
thought to be Charleston's oldest dwelling.
A capable military man and sea Captain,
he was commissioned a Vice Admiral by the
governor of Carolina to command a naval defense
that repelled the Franco-Spanish invasion in 1706
and captured pirate Stede Bonnet in 1718.
Rhett rose in the miltiia to Lt. General in 1719.
Amoung numerous public positions in
Charles Towne, he was Commissioneer of
Fortications and of Indian Trade, built a
state house, governor's house,
Free School, seawall, and became
Speaker of Commons Home of Assembly.
Known for his charity, he served as warden and
treasurer of St. Philips Church, participated in its
1723 reconstruction, and donated the English
communion silver used in services there.
( Reverse text )
In hopes of a joyfull Resurrection
Here rests the body of
Late of this Parish,
Principal Officer of his
in this Province:
He was a person that on all occasions promoted
the Publick good of this Colony, and severall [sic]
times generously and successfully ventured his
Life in defense of the same
He was a kind Husband,
A tender Father,
A faithful Friend,
A charitable Neighbour,
A Religious constant worshipper of God.
He was born in London
4th Sept. 1666,
Arrived and settled this Country
19th Novembr. 1694. And dyed suddenly but not unprepared
12th Janry. 1722,
In the fifty - seventh year of his age.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is September 4, 1666.
Location. 32° 46.741′ N, 79° 55.778′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Church Street, on the left when traveling north. Located in the St. Philip's westside Cemetery , between Queen and Cumberland Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Caldwell Calhoun (a few steps from this marker); St. Philip's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard Hutson (within shouting distance Edward Rutledge (within shouting distance of this marker); Calhoun (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine Flags (within shouting distance of this marker); The Two Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Pinckney (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Col. Rhett House
Also see . . . William Rhett from Wikipedia,. He is perhaps best known for his capture of the infamous Stede Bonnet, the so-called "gentleman pirate" (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 6, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.