Franklin Harper ELMORE, Congress, SC (1799-1850)

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ELMORE Franklin Harper , a Representative and a Senator from South Carolina; born in Laurens District, S.C., October 15, 1799; graduated from the South Carolina College at Columbia in 1819; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Walterboro, S.C.; solicitor for the southern circuit 1822-1836; colonel on the staff of the Governor 1824-1826; elected as a State Rights Democrat to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James H. Hammond; reelected to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from December 10, 1836, to March 3, 1839; president of the Bank of the State of South Carolina 1839-1850; declined appointment by President James Polk as Minister to Great Britain; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John C. Calhoun and served from April 11, 1850, until his death in Washington, D.C., May 29, 1850; interment in First Presbyterian Churchyard, Columbia, S.C.


Dictionary of American Biography; Birney, James. Correspondence Between the Honorable F.H. Elmore and James G. Birney. 1838. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1969.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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