Henry J. Maxwell Farm
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N 33° 53.615 W 080° 20.478
17S E 560905 N 3750551
Historical marker located in Sumter, SC.
Waymark Code: WM18N48
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 08/27/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member BIO-HAZRD
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Henry Johnson Maxwell (1837-1906), Union soldier, U.S. postmaster, state senator, and lawyer, lived here from 1874 until his death in 1906. Maxwell, the son of Stephen J. and Thurston Johnson Maxwell, was born free on Edisto Island. After serving as a sergeant in the
2nd U.S. Colored Artillery, he returned to S.C. to teach and work for the Freedmen’s Bureau in Bennettsville.

Maxwell, postmaster of Bennettsville 1869-70, was said to be “the first colored postmaster in the United States.” He was admitted to the S.C. Bar in 1871 and represented Marlboro County in the S.C. Senate 1868-1877. Maxwell and his second wife Martha Louisa Dibble Maxwell bought this 44-acre farm in 1874, raising eight children. He was a longtime member of Sumter 2nd Presbyterian Church. Erected by the Naudin-Dibble Heritage Foundation, 2008
Marker Name: Henry J. Maxwell Farm

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Historic Site

Marker number: 43-40

County: Sumter

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