LITHO CDV OF ROBERT B. RHETT, C.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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CDV format lithograph of Rhett in fictitious uniform. Image is clear and crisp. Photographer’s backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York.

Robert Barnwell Rhett (born Robert Barnwell Smith; December 21, 1800 – September 14, 1876) was an American politician who served as a deputy from South Carolina to the Provisional Confederate States Congress from 1861 to 1862, a member of the US House of Representatives from South Carolina from 1837 to 1849, and US Senator from South Carolina from 1850 to 1852. As a staunch supporter of slavery and an early advocate of secession, he was a "Fire-Eater". Rhett published his views through his newspaper, the Charleston Mercury.

After the election of Abraham Lincoln, Rhett was elected to the South Carolina Secession Convention, which declared secession in December. He was chosen as deputy from South Carolina to the Provisional Confederate States Congress in Montgomery. He was one of the most active deputies and was the chairman of the committee that reported the Confederate States Constitution. He was then elected to the Confederate House of Representatives. He received no higher office in the Confederate government and returned to South Carolina. During the rest of the American Civil War, he sharply criticized the policies of President Jefferson Davis.

After the war, Rhett settled in Louisiana. He died in St. James Parish, Louisiana, and is interred at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.  [jet] [ph:L]

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