|Preston S. Brooks|
AKA Preston Smith Brooks
Birthplace: Edgefield County, SC
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Willow Brook Cemetery, Edgefield, SC
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Beat Charles Sumner with a cane
Military service: US Army (1846-48)
With Congressman Laurence M. Keitt guarding his back, Brooks used a metal-tipped cane to beat Senator Charles Sumner bloody and unconscious on the Senate floor. Brooks stopped only when his cane broke. It took Sumner three years to recover from his brain injury.
Challenged Congressman Anson Burlingame to a duel. Burlingame accepted, and selected rifles. Brooks backed out.
Father: Whitfield Brooks, Sr.
Mother: Mary Parsons Carroll Brooks
Brother: John Hampden Brooks
Brother: Whitfield Brooks, Jr.
Brother: James C. Brooks
Wife: Caroline Harper Means (b. 1820, d. 1843)
Son: Whitfield D. Brooks (b. 1843, d. 1843)
Wife: Martha Caroline Means (b. 1826)
Daughter: Caroline Harper Brooks (1849–1924
Daughter: Rosa Brooks (b. 1850)
Son: Preston Smith Brooks (b. 1854)
University: South Carolina College, Columbia, SC (expelled Jan-1838)
US Congressman, South Carolina 4th (1-Aug-1856 to 27-Jan-1857)
US Congressman, South Carolina 4th (4-Mar-1853 to 15-Jul-1856, resigned)
South Carolina State House of Representatives (1844)
South Carolina Bar May-1843
Expelled from School held up the Columbia, SC jail at gunpoint (Jan-1838)
Duel: Pistols with Louis T. Wigfall, Sand Bar Ferry, GA (4-Nov-1840)
Shot: Dueling in the hip
Battery Senator Charles Sumner (22-May-1856), fined $300
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