John Laurens

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John Laurens was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Henry and Elanor. His father was a slave trader, one of the largest in the country.

After the death of his mother his father sent him to England for his education. His interest was in science and medicine, but he yielded to his father’s wishes and studied law. When he returned to the colonies he joined General George Washington as a volunteer at the age of 23.

He distinguished himself at the Battle of Brandywine. When General Charles Lee slandered Washington he challenged him to a duel. Neither man was killed however, Lee was wounded by Laurens shot. In 1779, he was involved in the Battles for Charleston and Savannah. In 1781, he accompanied Thomas Paine on a mission to France. When he returned later that year he was given command of a light infantry at the Siege of Yorktown. When the commander was killed became the principal spokesman for General Cornwallis’s surrender.

In 1782, during the Battle of Combahee River he was wounded and died a few weeks later. What you may not know about John Laurens is that he is best known for his criticism of slavery and efforts to help recruit slaves to fight for their freedom as U.S. soldiers. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, James Dray another important piece of history shared here.... 

Nov 08, 2017 04:15 AM #1
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

You've uncovered another hero that deserves the recognition. He was an important part of our history.

Nov 08, 2017 04:30 AM #2
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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This was certainly a man well ahead of his times in speaking out against slavery.

Nov 08, 2017 04:34 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a life that he lived.

Nov 08, 2017 04:36 AM #4
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning James Dray 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Have a great day 11/08/2017. 

Nov 08, 2017 04:38 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

An early crusader in Civil rights !

Nov 08, 2017 04:52 AM #6
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Great post and a great history lesson on this man...thanks for sharing!

Nov 08, 2017 04:53 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He was ahead of his time and was an important man with very well known figures.

Nov 08, 2017 05:04 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. John was definitely ahead of his time. Kudos to him! Enjoy your day!

Nov 08, 2017 05:13 AM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A man ahead of his time.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 08, 2017 05:14 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks so much, James, for telling us about John Laurens.

Nov 08, 2017 05:52 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I appreciate most that he was anti-slavery and fought for people to enjoy freedom!

Nov 08, 2017 05:56 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James - that is a good piece of American History that you shared.

Nov 08, 2017 07:26 AM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning again James. This is a terrific read. Funny how often children go in opposite directions from their parents.

Nov 08, 2017 08:27 AM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great bit of American history. Thanks for sharing it with us. 

Nov 08, 2017 01:03 PM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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And this man should have received more publicity for his stance against slavery!  A

Nov 08, 2017 03:13 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- it has occurred to me that there are so many in our past who need to be recognized. 

Nov 08, 2017 05:42 PM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Such a rare thing for someone in his generation to go against family but, John Laurens did it in a big way! Kudos to him for being progressive beyond his years, James!

Happy Wednesday!

Nov 08, 2017 08:09 PM #18
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Thanks James, I really enjoy reading the history of people who helped to shape our country.

Nov 08, 2017 08:29 PM #19
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You have enlightened me once again my friend James Dray 

Nov 08, 2017 10:11 PM #20
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