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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1821

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

Robert F. W. Allston

(Ap'd S. C.)


Robert Francis Withers Allston: Born Apr. 21, 1801, Waccamaw, SC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Dec. 12, 1817, to July 1, 1821, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1821.

Served: on Topographical duty, Aug. 8, 1821, to Feb. 1, 1822.

Resigned, Feb. 1, 1822.

 p270  Civil History. — Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor, S. C., 1822‑23. Surveyor-General of the State of South Carolina, 1823‑27. Member of the House of Representatives of South Carolina, 1828‑32; and of the Senate, 1832‑56. Chairman of the Committee on Education, 1840‑50; and Acting President of the Senate of South Carolina, 1847‑50, — and President, Nov. 25, 1850, to Dec. 8, 1856. Dep. Adjutant-General of South Carolina, 1831‑38. Trustee of South Carolina College, Columbia, S. C., 1841‑64. Governor of the State of South Carolina, Dec. 10, 1856, to Dec. 13, 1858.​a President of the Waccamaw Indigo Society, 1858‑61, and of the Waccamaw and All Saints Agricultural Society, 1859‑61. Rice Planter, near Georgetown, S. C., 1827‑64. Author of "Memoir on Rice," 1843, — "Report on Public Schools," 1847, — and "Essay on Seacoast Crops," 1854.

Died, Apr. 7, 1864, near Georgetown, S. C.: Aged 63.

Buried, Prince George Winyah Cemetery, Georgetown, SC.

Thayer's Note:

a Cullum's Register takes great pains to identify those graduates who served the Confederacy, branding them with the phrase "Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States." Here he seems to have missed one: according to this page at the National Governors Association — based on solid print sources — Allston served as a presidential elector of the Confederate States in 1861 and was a member of the [Confederate] Soldiers' Board of Relief.

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