The Birthplace of George McDuffie

The Birthplace of George McDuffie (HMAH0)

Location: Dearing, GA 30808 McDuffie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 25.933', W 82° 27.7'

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From these humble and obscure Georgia pinelands, assisted by the plantation-owning South Carolina Calhouns, George McDuffie rose to become Congressman, Senator, and Governor of South Carolina.

McDuffie's political prominence involved him in a renowned political dispute when his loyalty to John C. Calhoun brought on a series of duels with Col. William Cumming of Augusta who supported William H. Crawford of Georgia, Calhoun's rival for the Presidency.

"This feud has become a sort of historical incident", John Quincy Adams confided to his diary regarding the McDuffie-Cumming duels which involved among others, Calhoun and Crawford; President James Monroe, who tried to stop the duels; and Richard Henry Wilde, Georgia poet and Congressman, who was implicated by a rumor that he, not Cumming, was the aggrieved party.

A series of newspaper articles appeared in 1821 promoting Crawford's candidacy; McDuffie's vehement reply caused William Cumming, one of the authors, to challenge him. The dueling preparations, which lasted nearly a year, were complicated by the bitterness of the two men. The principles met four times on the field of honor and shots were exchanged at two of these meetings. McDuffie, native Georgia, but outstanding South Carolinian, carried the distinguished Georgian's bullet in his spine for the rest of his life.
HM NumberHMAH0
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number094-7
Year Placed1964
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 6:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 364120 N 3700159
Decimal Degrees33.43221667, -82.46166667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 25.933', W 82° 27.7'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 25' 55.98" N, 82° 27' 42.00" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 984 George McDuffie Rd, Dearing GA 30808, US
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