Henry J. Maxwell Farm

Henry J. Maxwell Farm (HMJN1)

Location: Sumter, SC 29150 Sumter County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 53.612', W 80° 20.482'

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Henry Johnson Maxwell (1837-1906), Union soldier, U.S. postmaster, state senator, and lawyer, lived here from 1874 until his death in 1906. Maxwell, the son of Stephen J. and Thurston Johnson Maxwell, was born free on Edisto Island. After serving as a sergeant in the 2nd U.S. Colored Artillery, he returned to S.C. to teach and work for the Freedmen's Bureau in Bennettsville.

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Maxwell, postmaster of Bennettsville 1869-70, was said to be "the first colored postmaster in the United States." He was admitted to the S.C. Bar in 1871 and represented Marlboro County in the S.C. Senate 1868-1877. Maxwell and his second wife Martha Louisa Dibble Maxwell bought this 44-acre farm in 1874, raising eight children. He was a longtime member of Sumter 2nd Presbyterian Church.
HM NumberHMJN1
Marker Number43-40
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Naudin-Dibble Heritage Foundation
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 5:08am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 560899 N 3750546
Decimal Degrees33.89353333, -80.34136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 53.612', W 80° 20.482'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 53' 36.72" N, 80° 20' 28.92" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 37 Maxwell Ave, Sumter SC 29150, US
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