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John Laurens

Soldier, Diplomat and Abolitionist John Laurens

Profession: Soldier, Diplomat and Abolitionist

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Laurens was best known for his abolitionist stance on slavery in the early years of the United States. He spent much time attempting to convince the newly-formed Congress and the legislature of South Carolina to recruit black soldiers to fight for their freedom.

At the end of the Revolutionary War, Laurens was shot off his saddle during the Battle of the Combahee River. He was one of the last casualties of the war, dying only a few weeks before British soldiers withdrew from Charleston.

Born: October 28, 1754
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: August 27, 1782 (aged 27)
Cause of Death: Killed in action when he was shot from his saddle during the Battle of the Combahee River, becoming one of the last casualties of the Revolutionary War

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