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Sumter County
South Carolina

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Sumter County

Index to Locations

  • Bloom Hill Cemetery
  • Private or family graveyards
  • Mayesville Salem Brick Church Cemetery
  • Pinewood St. Marks Episcopal Cemetery
  • Statesburg Church of Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery
  • Sumter Sumter Cemetery


    Bloom Hill Cemetery
    Sumter County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Smythe Richardson (1777-1850) — of Sumter District (now Sumter County), S.C. Born in Camden District (part now in Sumter County), S.C., April 11, 1777. Lawyer; South Carolina state attorney general, 1810-18. Died in Sumter District (now Sumter County), S.C., May 8, 1850 (age 73 years, 27 days). Interment at Bloom Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Richardson (1741-1786) and Anne Magdalen (Guignard) Richardson (1748-1810); married 1802 to Elizabeth Lucretia (Buford) Couterier (1775-1859); grandfather of John Smythe Richardson (1828-1894).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Francis de Lesseline Richardson (1818-1870) — of Charleston, Charleston County, S.C. Born in Sumter District (now Sumter County), S.C., 1818. Member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1848-49, 1854-60, 1864-65; delegate to South Carolina secession convention from St. Philips' & St. Michael's, 1860-62. Died November 20, 1870 (age about 52 years). Interment at Bloom Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Elizabeth Lucretia (Buford) Richardson (1775-1859) and John Smythe Richardson (1777-1850); married to Agnes Fraser (1822-1849).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Private or family graveyard
    Sumter County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
    George McDuffie George McDuffie (1790-1851) — of Edgefield, Edgefield County, S.C. Born in Columbia County, Ga., August 10, 1790. Democrat. Member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1818-20; U.S. Representative from South Carolina, 1821-34 (6th District 1821-23, 5th District 1823-34); Governor of South Carolina, 1834-36; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1842-46. Died in Sumter District (now Sumter County), S.C., March 11, 1851 (age 60 years, 213 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Father of Mary Singleton McDuffie (1830-1874; who married Wade Hampton III (1818-1902)).
      Political family: Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell-Henry family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      McDuffie County, Ga. is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
      Image source: The South in the Building of the Nation (1909)


    Salem Brick Church Cemetery
    Mayesville, Sumter County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Robert Witherspoon (1767-1837) — of South Carolina. Born in South Carolina, 1767. Democrat. Member of South Carolina state legislature, 1800; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1809-11. Died in 1837 (age about 70 years). Interment at Salem Brick Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Second great-grandfather of Robert Witherspoon Hemphill (1915-1983).
      Political family: Hemphill family of Chester, South Carolina.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    St. Marks Episcopal Cemetery
    Pinewood, Sumter County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry Burchell Richardson (1916-1997) — also known as Henry B. Richardson; "Punch" — of Sumter, Sumter County, S.C. Born in Laurens, Laurens County, S.C., October 15, 1916. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; member of South Carolina state senate, 1955-72 (Sumter County 1955-66, 20th District 1967-68, 17th District 1969-72); alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1956. Member, American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Elks; American Bar Association. Died in Columbia, Richland County, S.C., May 11, 1997 (age 80 years, 208 days). Interment at St. Marks Episcopal Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Richard C. Richardson and Margaret (Sullivan) Richardson; married, May 30, 1942, to Thelma Lucille Seigler.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Church of Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery
    Statesburg, Sumter County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851) — of Travelers Rest, Greenville County, S.C.; Charleston, Charleston District (now Charleston County), S.C. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., March 2, 1779. Democrat. U.S. Consul General in Buenos Aires, 1811-14; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1816-20; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 1st District, 1821-25; U.S. Minister to Mexico, 1825-29; U.S. Secretary of War, 1837-41. Member, Freemasons. Gave important help to Latin American independence movements. Died near Statesburg, Sumter County, S.C., December 12, 1851 (age 72 years, 285 days). Interment at Church of Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery.
      Poinsett County, Ark. is named for him.
      The poinsettia flower, which he introduced to the U.S., was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
      William Mayrant — of South Carolina. Born in South Carolina. U.S. Representative from South Carolina 9th District, 1815-16; resigned 1816; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1818-21. Interment at Church of Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Sumter Cemetery
    Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Jacob Riley (1895-1962) — also known as John J. Riley — of Sumter, Sumter County, S.C. Born near Orangeburg, Orangeburg County, S.C., February 1, 1895. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; school teacher; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 2nd District, 1945-49, 1951-62; died in office 1962. Died in Surfside, Horry County, S.C., January 1, 1962 (age 66 years, 334 days). Interment at Sumter Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Corinne Anderson Boyd (1893-1979).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      John Smythe Richardson (1828-1894) — also known as John S. Richardson — of Sumter, Sumter County, S.C. Born in Sumter District (now Sumter County), S.C., February 29, 1828. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1865-67; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1876; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 1st District, 1879-83. Died in Sumter County, S.C., February 24, 1894 (age 66 years, 0 days). Interment at Sumter Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Sophia (Hyatt) Richardson (1804-1840) and John Smythe Richardson (1805-1871); grandson of John Smythe Richardson (1777-1850).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Corinne Boyd Riley (1893-1979) — also known as Corinne Anderson Boyd — of South Carolina. Born in Piedmont, Greenville County, S.C., July 4, 1893. Democrat. U.S. Representative from South Carolina 2nd District, 1962-63. Female. Died in Sumter, Sumter County, S.C., April 12, 1979 (age 85 years, 282 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Sumter Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to John Jacob Riley (1895-1962).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Robert Obadiah Purdy (1857-1935) — also known as Robert O. Purdy — of Sumter, Sumter County, S.C. Born in Brunswick County, Va., February 11, 1857. Mayor of Sumter, S.C., 1890; circuit judge in South Carolina, 1902-07. Member, Anti-Saloon League; Pi Kappa Alpha. Died January 29, 1935 (age 77 years, 352 days). Interment at Sumter Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James Purdy and Jane Purdy; married, December 18, 1883, to Harriet H. 'Hattie' Ingram (1856-1914).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Marion Wainwright Seabrook (1890-1947) — also known as Marion W. Seabrook — of Sumter, Sumter County, S.C. Born in Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., June 13, 1890. Republican. Lawyer; farmer; candidate for U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1936; delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1940 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business). Died in Sumter, Sumter County, S.C., November 3, 1947 (age 57 years, 143 days). Interment at Sumter Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Peronneau Findley Seabrook (1847-1902) and Ann Hess Marion (Bailey) Seabrook (1859-1910); married, October 15, 1913, to Annabelle Mills (1891-1969); first cousin twice removed of Whitemarsh Benjamin Seabrook; first cousin thrice removed of George Washington Seabrook; second cousin twice removed of Ephraim Mikell Seabrook; third cousin of George Swinton Legaré (1869-1913) and Thomas Allen Legare, Jr..
      Political family: Seabrook-Legare family of Charleston, South Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Edwin B. Boyle (1894-1970) — of Sumter, Sumter County, S.C. Born in Sumter, Sumter County, S.C., April 17, 1894. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1944 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1948. Died in Sumter, Sumter County, S.C., October 14, 1970 (age 76 years, 180 days). Interment at Sumter Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Belton Boyle and Mary Ann Levicy Barnes Boyle; married 1917 to Alice Dickson.


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