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Rhett, Robert Barnwell

December 21, 1800–September 14, 1876

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Bluffton Movement

Aggrieved by the Tariff of 1842 and the refusal of Congress to annex Texas, St. Luke’s Parish planters formed a committee and called for a meeting of individuals and their local congressman, Robert Barnwell Rhett, to speak about these issues that had plagued the South since the 1820s. Invitations were sent to nearby parishes, prominent men, and area newspapers (including those in Charleston and Savannah). At this dinner and others to follow, Rhett, a longtime nullifier and disunionist, attempted to rally support for a state convention. He hoped such a convention would nullify the Tariff of 1842 or urge South Carolina’s immediate secession from the Union.

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  • Title Rhett, Robert Barnwell
  • Coverage December 21, 1800–September 14, 1876
  • Author
  • Keywords Congressman, U.S. senator, elected to the state House of Representative by the voters of St. Bartholomew’s Parish, earned a reputation as one of South Carolina’s most vehement critics of the Tariff of 1828, the so-called “Tariff of Abominations.”, Bluffton Movement, leader of the immediate secessionists, or “fire-eaters,” in South Carolina, prominent role at the Montgomery Convention,
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
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  • Access Date June 18, 2024
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update August 23, 2022
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