Slobot goes to Charleston, South Carolina!

As Slobot stood in the shadows of spires he realized that he must be in the Holy City - Charleston, South Carolina! More specifically, Slobot realized that he was standing in the middle of Church Street in Charleston. Behind Slobot rose a spire that stands as the 4th tallest building in Charleston. The spire was that of St. Philips' Episcopal Church. The church was built ~1835 and its spire would be added in 1850.

Buried in the West Churchyard of St. Philips' is none other than John Caldwell Calhoun!

John C. Calhoun - born in Abbeville, SC on March 18, 1782 - would begin his illustrious career in the Federal government upon his election to the House of Representatives where he would serve from 1811 - 1817. Calhoun would later move to the executive branch upon his appointment to the position of Secretary of War under President James Monroe.

John C. Calhoun would continue to advance within the executive branch, becoming Vice President under President John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) and then again under President Andrew Jackson (1829-1832). Calhoun's enduring fame would be earned, in part, over his conflicts with the Jackson administration, conflicts that would lead to Calhoun's resignation in 1832. Calhoun's resignation was the first of its kind. Calhoun would then seek and win the office of Senator. Minus a yearlong break stint as Secretary of State under President Tyler, Calhoun would spend the remainder of his days representing South Carolina in the US Senate. Calhoun would die on March 31, 1850.

His first book, Disquisition on Government, would be published posthumously.

Calhoun would originally be buried in the West Churchyard 1850. During the Civil War, however, his remains would be relocated to the East Churchyard so that they would remain unmolested by Federal Troops. Today Calhoun is again in the West Churchyard, his remains sheltered by a massive tomb erected in 1880.

Also buried at St. Philip's Episcopal Church...

are the remains of Charles Pinckney (1757 - 1824), one of only four South Carolinians to sign the U.S. Constitution!

Meanwhile, Pinckney's first cousin (once-removed) rests in the churchyard of another famous Charleston Church,

Saint Michael's Episcopal Church!

St. Michael's was built between 1751 and 1761. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825), like his cousin, would also sign the U.S. Constitution.

Pinckney's neighbor in Saint Michael's cemetery is none other than...

John Rutledge! John Rutledge would be a man of many marks. He would serve, for example, as the first governor of the newly independent state of South Carolina.

He, like the Pinckneys, would also sign the United States Constitution, doing so on September 17, 1787. Rutledge would later serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and, for a brief period, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court!

Of South Carolina's four signers of the Constitution, only Pierce Butler is not buried in South Carolina. He rests in peace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.