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Laurence M. Keitt

Laurence M. KeittAKA Laurence Massillon Keitt

Born: 4-Oct-1824
Birthplace: St. Matthews, SC
Died: 2-Jun-1864
Location of death: Richmond, VA
Cause of death: War
Remains: Buried, West Side Cemetery, St. Matthews, SC

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from South Carolina, 1853-60

Military service: Confederate Army (colonel, Jan-1862 to 2-Jun-1864)

With Congressman Laurence M. Keitt guarding his back, Preston S. 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.

Father: George Keitt (b. 17-Feb-1794, d. 19-Apr-1861)
Mother: Mary Magdeline Wannamaker
Brother: William John Keitt
Brother: Ellison Summerfield Keitt (b. 1831)
Wife: Susanna Sparks (two children)

    High School: Asbury Academy
    University: Mt. Zion College, Winnsboro, SC
    University: South Carolina College (1843)

    Provisional Congress of the Confederacy Feb-1861 to 1862
    US Congressman, South Carolina 3rd (6-Aug-1856 to Dec-1860), retired
    US Congressman, South Carolina 3rd (4-Mar-1853 to 16-Jul-1856), resigned
    South Carolina State House of Representatives 1848-53
    South Carolina Bar 1845
    Censured by the House of Representatives (15-Jul-1856)
    Shot: Battle Battle of Cold Harbor (1-Jun-1864), fatal

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