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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

95 Ashley Avenue

Mayor William A. Courtnay House
circa 1840

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, December 18, 2011
1. 95 Ashley Avenue Marker
Inscription. The construction of this circa 1840 three-and-a half story single house is attributed to Charleston cotton planter and factor Theodore D. Jervey. The house was built in the Greek Revival style but was altered in 1886 by William Ashmead Courtenay who purchased the house in 1870. Courtenay added a two-story projecting bay and triple windows to the front facade. He also modified the parapeted gable roof to create an Italianate bracketed roof overhang. The original two-story piazza and rear kitchen building remain.
   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
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By Mike Stroud, December 18, 2011
2. 95 Ashley Avenue and Marker
in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Ashley Avenue near Montagu Street, on the left when traveling north. 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.)
 
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By Mike Stroud, December 18, 2011
3. 95 Ashley Avenue
 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.) 
 
Additional comments.
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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By Mike Stroud, December 18, 2011
4. 95 Ashley Avenue Marker
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By Mike Stroud, December 18, 2011
5. 95 Ashley Avenue
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The University of South Carolina Library, George LaGrange Cook, c.1880-1895
6. 95 Ashley Avenue
the William Ashmead Courtenay Bust, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By The University of Arkansas Press
7. the William Ashmead Courtenay Bust, as mentioned
WILLIAM ASHMEAD COURTENAY
Mayor of Charleston, 1879-1887
As Chief Magistrate
He administered the government with
firmness, impartiality and success.
Even amid the disasters of cyclone and earthquake,
signally illustrating the safe maxim, that,
"PUBLIC OFFICE IS A PUBLIC TRUST"
This memorial erected by his grateful fellow-citizens,
December 19th, 1888.

The following biography is reprinted from "The News and Courier" Charleston, SC Dec. 15, 1952, page 16:
William A. Courtenay Ranks With the City's Greatest Mayors A bust of William Ashmead Courtenay, considered by many persons to have been Charleston's greatest mayor, occupies a niche in the corner of the committee room to the west of the City Council Chamber in City Hall. It is almost as if this likeness of the man who guided Charleston's destinies through its greatest disaster, the 1886 earthquake, watches over the deliberations of the committees which mold the policies of city government.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 18, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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