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Francis Salvador

1747-1776

 
 
Francis Salvador (1747-1776) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 5, 2008
1. Francis Salvador (1747-1776) Marker
Inscription.
This young English Jew settled near Coronaca in 1774, representing Ninety Six District in the provincial congresses of 1775-1776, and died in defense of his adopted home on Aug. 1, 1776. He was the first South Carolinian of his faith to hold an elective public office and the first to die for American independence.
 
Erected 1960 by Jewish Citizens of Greenwood. (Marker Number 24-11.)
 
Location. 34° 14.397′ N, 82° 6.106′ W. Marker is in Greenwood, South Carolina, in Greenwood County. Marker is at the intersection of Christian Road (Old State Highway 72) and Laurens Highway (State Highway 221), on the right when traveling south on Christian Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenwood SC 29649, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rock Presbyterian Church (approx. one mile away); John Henry Logan (approx. 2.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Emerald Farm (approx. 3 miles away); Dr. Benjamin James Sanders, Jr. (approx. 3.8 miles away); Siloam Baptist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Old Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); Magnolia Cemetery (approx. 4.5 miles away); Marshal Ferdinand Foch (approx. 4.8 miles away); Textile Workers Monument (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenwood.
 
Also see . . .
1. Francis Salvador: Became "Paul Revere" of the South. Francis Salvador was the first Jew to die in the American Revolution - on August 1, 1776 - following the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the colonies. He was killed leading a little army of 330 men who were defending the frontier settlers against the Cherokee Indians, who had been incited by the British. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Francis Salvador: Martyr of the American Revolution. When we think of Jewish heroes of the American Revolution, Haym Salomon, the "financier" of the patriot cause or Isaac Franks, aide-de-camp to General George Washington, are the first names that come to mind. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Jewish Encycolpedia Entry: Francis Salvador. Prominent patriot in the American Revolution; a member of the Salvador family of London, the name of which was originally Jessurum Rodriguez; died Aug. 1, 1776. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Wikipedia Entry: Francis Salvador. Francis Salvador (1747 – August 1, 1776), was the first American Jew to be killed in the American Revolution. (Submitted on September 6, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,223 times since then and 44 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 6, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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