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Preston S. Brooks

Preston S. BrooksAKA Preston Smith Brooks

Born: 5-Aug-1819
Birthplace: Edgefield County, SC
Died: 27-Jan-1857
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Willow Brook Cemetery, Edgefield, SC

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
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 (18491924
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
    Slaveowners


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