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Stateburg in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Joel Roberts Poinsett

1779-1851

 
 
Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker
Inscription.
Born in Charleston, S.C.
Statesman, diplomat, author
and naturalist.
Educated in medicine, military science
and law,
Traveled extensively in Asia and Europe.
U.S. Commissioner
concerned with the independence
of South American Colonies.
U.S. House of Representatives.
First U.S. Minister to Mexico
and Secretary of War
in Van Buren's Cabinet.
From Mexico
he introduced to this country
a species of the Euphorbia plant
later named Poinsettia in his honor.

(Reverse text)
Sacred
To the memory of
Joel R. Poinsett
Who departed this life
on the 12th day of December 1851
in the 73rd year of his life
A pure Patriot an honest man
and a good Christian
— —
Sacred
To the memory of
Mary
The relict of the Honorable
Joel R. Poinsett
Who departed this life
On the 9th day of November 1857
In the 76th year of her age
— —
The above inscriptions
were taken from
the graves of Poinsett and his wife
adjacent to this marker

 
Erected 1960 by The Sumter County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 33° 57.196′ 
Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
2. Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker reverse side
N, 80° 31.911′ W. Marker is in Stateburg, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker can be reached from North Kings Highway (State Highway 261), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the southeast side of the Church of the Holy Cross Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 335 North Kings Highway, Sumter SC 29154, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Church of the Holy Cross (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Church of the Holy Cross (within shouting distance of this marker); Church of the Holy Cross Stateburg / Holy Cross Churchyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Stateburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Charleston Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); William Tennent (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Beech Creek / The Civil War Ends In S.C (approx. 1.4 miles away); High Hills Baptist Church (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stateburg.
 
Regarding Joel Roberts Poinsett. At the age of 72 he died at the home of his doctor in Statesburg, South Carolina.
In his honor, Poinsett State Park has been created in S.C.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Sumter-Joel Roberts Poinsett. ... He served
Joel Roberts Poinsett image. Click for full size.
National potrait Gallery Smithsonian Institution, by Frederich, circa 1838
3. Joel Roberts Poinsett
as special envoy to Mexico in 1822 through 1923. While in Mexico, he advocated the causes of South American republics and Greek independence. He was even offered a commission in the Russian army. In 1925 President Madison appointed him as the first ambassador to Mexico. In 1830, he returned home to South Carolina to espouse the Unionist's cause in nullification quarrels from 1830 to 1833. In 1833, he married Mary Izard Pringle. He also spearheaded what is now known as the Smithsonian Institution. ... (Submitted on June 13, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly named poinsettia. a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico and Guatemala. (Submitted on June 13, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker image. Click for full size.
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1973
4. Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker
Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker, at graveside image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
5. Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker, at graveside
Joel Roberts Poinsett image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
6. Joel Roberts Poinsett
Joel Roberts Poinsett and Wife Mary image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
7. Joel Roberts Poinsett and Wife Mary
Sacred to the memory of ...
Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker (L) at Church of the Holy Cross Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
8. Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker (L) at Church of the Holy Cross Cemetery
The Church of the Holy Cross' Cemetery can be found Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
9. The Church of the Holy Cross' Cemetery can be found Joel Roberts Poinsett Marker
* See nearby Markers
Poinsettia image. Click for full size.
10. Poinsettia
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 13, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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