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John Campbell House

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It is reported that Sam Houston, Texas statesman, governor, and one of the most colorful figures in the Lone Star state's history, visited this home at 506 Kershaw Street in the 1800's to offer a marriage proposal. Built around 1820, the home was originally a one-story frame cottage. The second story was added later. Mariah Campbell, the recipient of that proposal, lived here for a time with her brother, John. Mr. Campbell graduated from South Carolina College in 1819, now the University of South Carolina, and he was elected to the United States Congress on several occasions. It is unknown why Mariah denied Houston's proposal, however she probably made a wise decision since Houston married multiple times during his lifetime. For more about Cheraw's unique history, take advantage of the Historic Cheraw Cell Phone Tour by calling 843.865.3002.

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