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Posted in Uncategorized by a1icey on May 20, 2010

“Colonel Townes’ public labors and services were not confined to official life. He was a long time one of the leading lawyers of this bar, having begun practicing in 1837 and continued it about thirty years, and was before the war commissioner of equity, an office corresponding to Probate Judge. In 1849 he was elected a member of the State Legislature, but in 1851 was defeated on the co-operation issue by the union men under the leadership of Governor Perry. He was a member of the first State Senate after the war, and in 1867 drew and succeeded in passing a bill defining the property rights of married women, the first law of the kind placed on the statute books of this state.

“Most of his work in public affairs was done with his pen. He was a close, deep and independent thinker and through all his life took much interest in all issues pending before the people, especially in Federal politics. He was one of the earliest editors of the old Mountaineer and was regarded by Mr. Calhoun, who was his close personal friend, as the ablest editorial exponent of his doctrines in the State and probably in the country.

“He wrote and spoke very clearly and vigorously, but with notable courtesy and fairness. He seemed to make it a rule of his life never to speak ill of others and many who have known him well for years can not recall an instance of his saying anything likely to would the feelings of any man. For all that, however, he was fearless and strong in expressing his sentiments. He fought issues and not men and wielded a powerful influence on that line. Of late years he has been especially interested in the administration of Federal finances. Colonel Townes was a man of high tone, of noble purposes and of pure heart. He was above the cheap arts and petty tricks of politics. He sought to sway men by their reasons and gave little attention to small questions and minor issues. He was one of a generation of big men-men big in brain and objects-and his habits of thought and life were in harmony with theirs.”

– Quotation regarding Col. George Franklin Townes from the entry for his son Henry Keith Townes in the History of South Carolina published in 1926 (edited by Yates Snowden and Harry Gardner Cutler).


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