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Today In Charleston History: August 15

1739

The Security Act was passed by the Assembly in response to white fears about the majority Negro population. The Act required that all white men carry firearms to church on Sunday. Anyone not in compliance of the law by September 29 would be subjected to a fine.

1779 – Births.
Joseph Alston

Joseph Alston

Joseph Alston was born in Charleston. He was a future governor of South Carolina and inherited one of the state’s largest fortunes. He would later marry Theodosia Burr, daughter of vice-president Aaron Burr.  

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