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 Daniel Hardy Silcox

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Daniel Hardy Silcox

Birth
Wells, Mendip District, Somerset, England
Death 16 Nov 1873 (aged 60)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Lot 340 Old.
Memorial ID 67472796 View Source
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Daniel immigrated to the United States between 1827 and 1835 with brothers John and James. He first lived in New York City but by 1838 had moved to Charleston with brother James. Both were cabinet makers and in 1838 Daniel opened a furniture store on King St. He operated that store and, later, a steam-operated factory also on King St. In 1860 he purchased a building from the widow of William Enston and moved the store there (now Birlant Antiques at 191 King St.). He operated that store until his death in 1873 and his son, Daniel Seymour Silcox, operated it until his death in 1886.

Before the war between the states Daniel had been in the shipping business with the New York firm of Spofford & Tileston and owned shares in the Purcell House hotel in Norfolk, VA where those involved in the shipping industry often stayed. Shortly after the northern blockade began he made use of his contacts and began running goods into Charleston. He was a founding member of the Importing & Exporting Co. of South Carolina, one of the largest blockade-running conglomerates. He used his furniture store to sell these goods and opened another store explicitly for that purpose in Columbia which he operated until Columbia was burned by Sherman. For a while he also owned a plantation in Colletin County. He was a very successful business man and after the war he had to get a presidential pardon because he was worth more than $20,000.

Daniel owned two houses in Charleston both of which still exist. The first was 31 Archdale St. which he bought in 1851 and the second was 9 Franklin St. which he bought in 1861. During the war he moved the family to Anderson where he also bought a house but sold that one after the war and moved the family back to Charleston where he operated the furniture store until his death.


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