Susan Pr1ngle Frost, one of several sisters who have been distinguished by their efforts as educators and business women in Charleston, is a daughter of Francis le Jau Frost, who gained distinction as a Confederate soldier, and a granddaughter of Judge Edward Frost, one of the finest characters in the public leadership of South Carolina during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Judge Edward Frost was born at Charleston in 1801, son of Rev. Thomas Frost, an Episcopal minister. Judge Frost was educated at Yale College, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and in 1832 resigned his post as United States district attorney. He was many times a representative of Charleston in the State Legislature. In 1843 he was elected to the bench, but resigned that life office in 1853 and soon became president of the Blue Ridge Railway Company. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1865 and was one of the delegates from South Carolina sent to Washington to interview President Johnson on the establishment of a Provisional Government. He died July 31, 1868.
Francis LeJau Frost was born June 1, 1837, at Charleston, and was educated for medicine. During the war he was body and staff servant to General Hill and later to General Longstreet. Following the war he took up planting, and was one of the organizers of the fertilizer business in South Carolina, and for eighteen years was head of a large industry of that kind in Charleston.
Miss Frost's mother was Rebecca Brewton Pringle, who was born at the old Pringle home in Charleston, daughter of William Bull and Mary Motte (Alston) Pringle. She was educated in private schools.
To Francis and Rebecca Frost were born five children, the oldest now deceased. Mary Pringle was born March 15, 1871; Susan, January 21, 1873; Francis le Jau, March 27, 1875, now a priest of the Episcopal Church at Staten Island, New York; and Rebecca Motte Frost, born August 12, 1877. All were educated in private schools, attending the institution of the Misses Sass of Charleston. Mary and Susan were afterward graduated from St. Mary's at Raleigh, North Carolina, and Rebecca is a graduate of St. Mary's at New York. Mary and Rebecca for the last twenty years have conducted a private school, primary and preparatory, at 4 Logan Street, Charleston.
Miss Susan Frost began her business career as a Federal Court reporter in May, 1902, and gained a wide acquaintance with public and business affairs through that experience. Later she resigned and opened a real estate office and has developed a large and important clientage. She is also a leader in the suffrage movement of South Carolina and a member of the national woman's party, being chairman of the Charleston division and a member of the National Advisory Council.
[History of South Carolina, Vol 4]
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