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James L. Petigru

May 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame

James Louis Petigru (1789-1863) was a lawyer, jurist, and Unionist politician known for his famous quote “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.” Petigru was born in Flatwoods, South Carolina and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives and as State Attorney General.


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