Joel Roberts Poinsett

Joel Roberts Poinsett (HM5UH)

Location: Greenville, SC 29601 Greenville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.933', W 82° 23.997'

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Born in Charleston, S.C., educated in this country and Great Britain, he travelled widely in Europe and Asia before returning to a distinguished career. He served South Carolina in the state legislature, 1816-1820; 1830-1832; and as Chairman of the Board of Public Works 1818-1820. He represented S.C. in Congress 1821-1825, was first American Minister to Mexico 1825-1829, and Secretary of War 1837-1841.

Planter. Writer. Botanist. Diplomat. Statesman. Joel R. Poinsett had a summer home near here dividing his time in later life between it and his plantation on the Peedee River. He brought the lovely poinsettia to this country from Mexico. His cultural interests and scientific pursuits earned him the title "Versatile American." He died December 12, 1851, at Stateburg, S.C., and was buried there at the Church of the Holy Cross.
HM NumberHM5UH
Marker Number23-11
Year Placed1968
Placed ByGreenville County Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 10:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 372013 N 3857178
Decimal Degrees34.84888333, -82.39995000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.933', W 82° 23.997'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 55.98" N, 82° 23' 59.82" W
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Area Code(s)803, 864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 166 S Main St, Greenville SC 29601, US
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