Charles Macbeth

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Charles Macbeth
37th Mayor of Charleston
In office
1857–1865
Preceded by William Porcher Miles
Succeeded by Peter Charles Gaillard
Personal details
BornJanuary 24, 1805
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedNovember 30, 1881(1881-11-30) (aged 76)
Pinopolis, South Carolina
ProfessionLawyer

Charles Macbeth was the thirty-seventh mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, serving three full terms and a partial term between 1857 and 1865. He was born on January 24, 1805, in Charleston, South Carolina, and he died on November 30, 1881, in Pinopolis, South Carolina. [1] From 1830 to 1865, he was part of a Charleston law practice. [2]

On February 17, 1865, Macbeth informed the Northern forces that the city had been evacuated, but he remained to preserve order. When he learned of plans by Confederate loyalists to set fires across the newly occupied city, he joined with an alderman and petitioned the Northern military for assistance. [3] He then set up armed guards to protect important sites. In 1881, the city's annual yearbook praised him for not just protecting his fellow Charlestonians from their enemies, but "even against themselves."

In 1935, the city paid $200 for a portrait of Mayor Macbeth. The painting, already in bad shape, suffered further damage from Hurricane Hugo. The portrait is the only known image of Macbeth. [4]

He is buried at First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. [5]

During his tenure as mayor of Charleston, Macbeth lived at 9 Legare Street in a house which has since been known as the Charles Macbeth House. 9 Legare (2020).jpg
During his tenure as mayor of Charleston, Macbeth lived at 9 Legare Street in a house which has since been known as the Charles Macbeth House.

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References

  1. "City Council Last Night". The News & Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. December 1, 1881. p. 1. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  2. "Charles Macbeth". News & Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. December 1, 1881. p. 2. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  3. "The Surrender and Occupation of Charleston". The Glasgow Herald. Glasgow, Scotland. March 18, 1865. p. 2. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  4. Behre, Robert (August 13, 1995). "City returns favor, saves historic portrait". Post & Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. pp. 21–A. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  5. "Charles Macbeth (1805-1881)". Find a Grave. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
Preceded by
William Porcher Miles
Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina
1857–1865
Succeeded by
Peter Charles Gaillard