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Today In Charleston History: September 5

1713 – Disasters.

A hurricane hit Charles Town.  Rev. William Livingston, pastor of the White Meeting House, survived the storm from his house on White Point. He wrote that the storm “beat off the weatherboards of the house, carried away the book that contained the church records and the furniture of the rooms on the lower floor.”

Thomas Lamboll recorded:

On September 5 came on the great hurricane which was attended with such an Inundation from the sea and to such an unknown height that a great many lives were lost; all the vessels in Charleston harbor, except one, were drove ashore. The new Look-out on Sullivan’s Island, of wood, built eight square and eighty feet high, blown down; all the front wall and mud parapet before Charlestowne underminded and washed away.

1774

The Continental Congress opened in Philadelphia. John Adams wrote some observations about the South Carolina delegates in his diary:

  • John Rutledge: “No keenness in his Eye. No depth in his Countenance. Nothing of the profound, sagaciousness, brilliant or sparkling.”
  • Edward Rutledge: “a perfect Bob o’ Lincoln, a Swallow, a Sparrow, a Peacock, excessively vain, excessively weak.”
  • Christopher Gadsden: “Is violent against allowing Parliament any Power of regulating Trade, or allowing that they have any Thing to do with Us.”
1836
Robert_Y_Hayne

Robert Hayne, 1st mayor of Charleston

Robert Y. Hayne elected the first mayor of Charleston … previously, the office was called “the Intendent.”

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