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Henry Laurens

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Henry Laurens was born in Charleston, South Carolina back in 1724 to John and Hester. He married Eleanor Ball, the union netted them thirteen children however, most of them died in infancy or childhood.

They moved to England with their surviving children for their education. They returned to the United States in 1776 just in time for the American Revolutionary War. He served in the militia and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel being involved in campaigns including the Cherokee Indians, French and Indian War among others.

In 1779 the Congress named him their minister to the Netherlands where in 1780 he successfully negotiated Dutch support for the war. On his return voyage the British intercepted his ship and discovered the draft of the U.S.-Dutch treaty. The British charged him with treason and imprisoned him in the Tower of London for fifteen months, before releasing him for a prisoner exchange.

He was sent to Paris to negotiate the Treaty of Paris. He retired from public life in 1784 and died in 1792. So here we go, he was a political leader during the Revolutionary War, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and succeeded John Hancock as President of the Congress. He also was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation when it was passed in 1777. Thus ends the history lesson for today


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Comments (15)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Alas, poor Henry joins the list of those of which I am not familiar! Enjoy your day!

Oct 26, 2016 10:18 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sounds like he lived a full and interesting life and as a secondary figure to people like John Hancock it is good that he can be remembered.

Oct 26, 2016 10:18 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

My son just completed the studies in school of this time period. Amazing so many names that get left out such as this person.

Oct 26, 2016 10:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray ,

A great history lesson for today. It's amazing to me the sizes of the families back then!!

Oct 26, 2016 10:18 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow a life of service that had huge impact on our Country and yet relatively unknown !

Oct 26, 2016 10:21 PM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good one you got me on this one.

Oct 26, 2016 10:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting history lesson.

Oct 26, 2016 11:00 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hi James, what a great history lesson on Henry Laurens. Thank you for putting this all together.

Oct 26, 2016 11:36 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. It is a really good lesson today. Never heard of him but now...I know.

Oct 27, 2016 12:28 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Interesting and fulfilling life he had.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 27, 2016 12:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story on Henry Laurens, and you can send me anytime to Paris, I will be happy to negotiate everything for anyone.  A

Oct 27, 2016 01:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- it's so interesting that most of us know so little about this man.  Thank you for the history lesson. 

Oct 27, 2016 05:41 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

Henry Laurens was quite famous and thanks for the history lesson today!

Oct 27, 2016 11:26 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

How come they didn't teach this very interesting story in my history classes? Henry Laurens had a very interesting life and played a key role in the early part of this country. 

Oct 27, 2016 12:12 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Henry Laurens had an interesting life. Had to be sad at times:  deaths of his children and 15 months in the Tower of London.

Oct 27, 2016 01:57 PM