James Monroe Eason

James Monroe Eason

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 31 Dec 1887 (aged 68)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Lot 137
Memorial ID 32095462 · View Source
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James Monroe Eason was a business man, machinist, inventor, and politician. In 1846, James Monroe Eason & his brother, Thomas, inherited Eason Iron Works founded in 1825 by their father, Robert Eason. In 1850, he was elected as Alderman for Ward #7. He served again as Alderman from 1852 to 1855. On November 05, 1860, he was elected to the South Carolina State Legislature as a Representative, serving until December 21, 1866. Again on November 26, 1878, James was elected again to the South Carolina State Legislature, serving as a representative until February 20, 1880.

During the War Between the States, James M. Eason rifled and banded the first smooth bore cannon ever altered, and so successful was he in this single branch of the military service that the defeat of the Iron-clad Fleet and the sinking of the Keokuk was due to this improvised ordnance. He also built the first iron-clad gunboat in the South including the CSS Chicora, CSS Columbia, CSS Charleston. See 1883 Year Book, Armored Ships, Rifled Cannon, & c., page 549.

Eason & Brothers employeed 80 men who manufactured a wide variety of heavy machines, including steam engines, pumps, threshing machines, rice mills, sawmills, grist mills, sugar mills, and cotton presses. Built huge steam dredge that deepeded the Charleston harbor.

At the time of his death, James Monroe Eason was living at 107 Cannon Street in Charleston, South Carolina

May, 3, 1870: J.M. Eason invents Stump Extractor, Patent #102516.


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  • Added: 9 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32095462
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Monroe Eason (22 Mar 1819–31 Dec 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32095462, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Cousins by the Dozens (contributor 46904925) .