Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
95 Ashley Avenue
Mayor William A. Courtnay House
William Ashmead Courtenay (1831 - 1908), a prominent cotton shipper and publisher, was mayor of Charleston from 1879 - 1887. During his tenure he modernized the city government, renovated city hall and built public parks, fire and police stations Courtenay is best remembered for his leadership in rebuilding the city after the hurricane of 1885 and the earthquake of 1886. In 1888 the City of Charleston placed a bust of Courtenay in City Hall.
Erected 2005 by The Preservation Society of Charleston.
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Preservation Society of Charleston marker series.
Location. 32° 46.787′ N, 79° 56.618′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 95 Ashley Avenue, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glover - Sottile House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); I. Jenkins Mikell House (about 500 feet away); 113 Ashley Avenue (about 600 feet away); 69 Ashley Avenue Eli Gedding House (about 600 feet away); 55 Ashley Avenue The Baker House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 66 Bull Street The John Cart House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pollitzer House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Lucas House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Regarding 95 Ashley Avenue. Mayor William Ashmead Courtenay's residence. Courtenay (1831-1908) was mayor of Charleston from 1879 to 1887. He used his business expertise to professionalize the city administration and made many permanent improvements, including the paving of major streets, such as King and Meeting streets, for the first time. His home was an older single house which was remodeled in the Queen Anne style, sometime between 1883 and 1893 .
(Mazyck & Waddell, illus. 2, 71; Archer, 7; News & Courier , Sept . 1, 1882: Sept . 2 , 1883.)
Also see . . . William Ashmead Courtenay, McCaslin, Richard B.,. "Portraits of Conflict, A Photographic History of South Carolina in the Civil War", The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville- ...He became active in the shipping business and was president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce for three years in the 1870s. While serving as mayor of Charleston from 1879 to 1887, he was active in reopening the Citadel. He later moved to Newry [SC], where he founded a cotton mill. He then retired to Columbia [SC], where he died in 1908" ... (Submitted on January 18, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
1. William Ashmead Courtenay
Served in General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia as a soldier in Joseph B. Kershaw's brigade in General James Longstreet's corps. William Ashmead Courtenay fought at First Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. In 1893 William Ashmead Courtenay founded Newry, SC and built a cotton mill there.
— Submitted January 18, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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