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Thomas Fenwick Drayton

Thomas Fenwick Drayton, American planter, railroad president, army officer. member South Carolina. Board Ordnance, 1851-1852; member upper house South Carolina. General Assembly, 1853-1856.

Background

  • Drayton, Thomas Fenwick was born in 1807 in South Carolina, United States. Son of William and Ann (Gadsden) Drayton.

  • Education

    • Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1828.

    Career

    • Commissioned Lieutenant 6th Infantry, United States Army, 1828. Captain of a company South Carolina. Militia, 1842-1847; member South Carolina.

      Board Ordnance, 1851-1852. Member upper house South Carolina. General Assembly, 1853-1856.

      President Charleston & Savannah R.R. (constructed and successfully operated under his direction), 1853-1861. Commissioned brigadier general Provisional Confederate Army, 1861. In command Port Royal, South Carolina. when attacked by Union ships under DuPont, 1861.

      Commanded brigade in District of Arkansas, later in charge of sub-district in Texas. President South Carolina. Immigrant Society, 1878.

    Membership

    Member South Carolina. Board Ordnance, 1851-1852. Member upper house South Carolina.

    General Assembly, 1853-1856.

    Connections

    • Married Catherine Pope, 8 children.
    • father: William Drayton
    • mother: Ann (Gadsden) Drayton
    • spouse: Catherine Pope
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    Born 1807
    Died February 18, 1891
    (aged 84)
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