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John Calhoun

Biography

Born near Calhoun Mills, South Carolina. Graduate of Yale in 1804. Married Florida Bouneau Calhoun, his cousin, in January 1811. They had nine children. Studied law and apprenticed at the office of Henry W. De Saussure. He was admitted to the bar in 1807. He was elected to the South Carolina legislature in 1808.

Elected to the House of Representatives serving March 4, 1811 to November 3, 1817. Appointed Secretary of War serving October 8, 1817, to March 7, 1825. Elected Vice President serving March 4, 1825 to March 3, 1832, to March 3, 1843. Appointed Secretary of State serving March 6, 1844 to March 6, 1845. He supported slavery. Returned to Senate and served November 26, 1845, until his death in Washington, D.C.

Calhoun appears on paper money:

$2 1860 Eastern Bank of Alabama, Eufala

$2 Bank of the State of South Carolina, Charleston

$5 Northern Bank of Alabama, Huntsville

$5 Bank of South Carolina

$10 Bank of East Tennessee, Knoxville

$10 Northern Bank of Alabama, Huntsville

$10 1862 Manufacturers Bank, Macon, GA

$10 1860 Farmers and Mechanics Bank, Savannah, Georgia

$20 1860 Farmers and Mechanics Bank, Savannah, Georgia

$25 Planters Bank of Fairfield, Tennessee

$100 Issue of April 17, 1862, Confederate Note

$1000 Montgomery Issue of 1861, Confederate Note

bio: ApCAB; BDC; BDEB; DAB; Drake; EAB; NCAB 6; TCBDA;

WAB; WWWA-H

He conducted an auction in Cataldo, Idaho in 1972.

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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