NM Brooks, Preston

Preston Smith Brooks Sr.

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Born: August 5, 1819

Birthplace: Edgefield County, South Carolina

Father: Colonel Whitfield Butler Brooks 1790 – 1851
(Buried: Edgefield Village Cemetery, Edgefield, South Carolina)​

Mother: Mary Parsons Carroll 1800 – 1870
(Buried: Edgefield Village Cemetery, Edgefield, South Carolina)​

1st Wife: Caroline Harper Means 1820 – 1843

2nd Wife: Martha Caroline Means 1826 – 1901

Children:

Whitfield D. Brooks 1843 – 1843​
Caroline Harper Brooks 1849 – 1924​
Rosa Brooks 1849 – 1933​
Preston Smith Brooks Jr. 1854 – 1928​

Education:

1839: Graduated from South Carolina College​

Occupation:

Attorney in Edgefield, South Carolina​
Captain Company D Palmetto Regiment in Mexican – American War​
Plantation Owner in Cambridge, South Carolina​

Political Career:

1844: South Carolina State Representative​
1853 – 1856: U.S. Congressman from South Carolina​
1856: Attacked United States Senator Charles Sumner in Chamber​
1856: Challenged to a duel by U.S. Congressman Anson Burlingame​
1856: Tried and convicted for the assault ordered to pay $300.00​
1856: Resigned from U.S. Congress despite failed attempt to expel him for assaulting U.S. Senate Charles Sumner​
1855 – 1856: Congressional Chairman of State Dept. Expenditures​
1856: Reelected as U.S. Congressman at Special Election to fill the seat he had just resigned​
1856 – 1857: U.S. Congressman from South Carolina​

Interesting Facts:

Brooksville, Florida and Brooks County, Georgia named in his honor​

Died: January 27, 1857

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Violent bout of croup

Age at time of Death: 37 years old

Burial Place: Edgefield Village Cemetery, Edgefield, South Carolina

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Polloco

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Brooks never really had a Confederate Career because he died almost four years before South Carolina seceded. But he was a hero to the South.And He was fined $300.00 on an assault charge.
 

gentlemanrob

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Brooks never really had a Confederate Career because he died almost four years before South Carolina seceded. But he was a hero to the South.And He was fined $300.00 on an assault charge.

I put him up because of what happend with him and Charles Sumner it's hard to put Sumner up without him because of the assault in the U.S. Senate Chamber. I think if he had lived he might have been a cabinet Secretary of even Vice President of the Confederacy.
 

Polloco

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There was almost a riot on the Senate floor after Sumners beating. A second hothead from South Carolina, Lawrence Keitt, rushed in also with a cane raised while Brooks was being restrained. Georgian Robert Toombs prevented any additional assaults.
 

gentlemanrob

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There was almost a riot on the Senate floor after Sumners beating. A second hothead from South Carolina, Lawrence Keitt, rushed in also with a cane raised while Brooks was being restrained. Georgian Robert Toombs prevented any additional assaults.

Keitt was also a U.S. Congressman at the time from 3rd District of South Carolina he later dies during the war.
 
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