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HouseBill Number: 4620Primary Sponsor: FarrType of Legislation: CRSubject: Farr, Colonel WilliamDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940210Computer Document Number: BBM/10856JM.94Introduced Date: 19940127Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: 19940210Last History Type: Received from SenateScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: FarrType of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 4620 House 19940210 Received from Senate 4620 Senate 19940210 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence 4620 House 19940209 Adopted, sent to Senate 4620 House 19940203 Committee Report: Favorable 24 4620 House 19940127 Introduced, referred to 24 CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
February 3, 1994
S. Printed 2/3/94--H.
Read the first time January 27, 1994.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 4620), commemorating on March 2, 1994, the two hundredth anniversary of the death of Colonel William Farr, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:
DEWITT WILLIAMS, for Committee.
COMMEMORATING ON MARCH 2, 1994, THE TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF COLONEL WILLIAM FARR, OUTSTANDING SOUTH CAROLINIAN, SOLDIER, AND MEMBER OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO NAME THE SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY 72 BRIDGE OVER THE BROAD RIVER AT THE UNION COUNTY AND CHESTER COUNTY LINE ADJACENT TO COLONEL FARR'S BELOVED PLANTATION AT FISH DAM FORD THE "COLONEL WILLIAM FARR MEMORIAL BRIDGE" AND TO ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS; AND TO GRANT THE PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO COLONEL FARR'S DESCENDANTS, DR. TOMMY F. FARR AND JOHN E. FARR, ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1994, FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEARING THIS RESOLUTION READ FROM THE PODIUM AND HAVING THE ORIGINAL OF THE RESOLUTION PRESENTED TO THEM.
Whereas, William Farr was born in Onslow County, North Carolina, on March 16, 1748; and
Whereas, he was the son of Richard Farr, Sr., and Hannah Farr; and
Whereas, William Farr at a young age moved westward to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and then southward to Union County, South Carolina, where he settled at Fish Dam Ford along the west banks of the Broad River; and
Whereas, during his lifetime, he was a skilled planter and merchant; and
Whereas, he was one of the early leaders in the struggle for American independence and a virulent hater of Tories; and
Whereas, he earned his title by fighting with great courage in the American Revolution in battles beginning with the famous "Snow Campaign" and also at Cowpens, Musgrove's Mills, Stono, Hanging Rock, Rocky Mount, and Blackstock on the Tiger River; and
Whereas, strong traditional evidence indicates that Colonel Farr was in the Battle of Kings Mountain; and
Whereas, he volunteered as captain in the State Militia of South Carolina in 1776 under Colonel John Thomas's Spartan Regiment and served in this capacity until the old Spartan Regiment was divided in 1777; and
Whereas, in 1777, Colonel Farr served as Captain of Foot and Captain of Horse in the second Spartan Regiment under the command of Colonel Thomas Brandon, where he was soon promoted to adjutant and then major in 1780; and
Whereas, Colonel Farr soon was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1781 and served under General Pickens with great bravery for his Country until the end of the Revolutionary War; and
Whereas, the Battle at Cowpens began only after Colonel Farr gave permission to fire the first shot upon a British advancing line and a British officer fell from his horse; and
Whereas, some persons have referred to Colonel Farr as "the Forgotten Hero"; however, he was a true patriot and a brave soldier who loved his country and will always be remembered; and
Whereas, in 1785, he began serving as the first sheriff of Union County, South Carolina; and
Whereas, he continued to serve his County and his State by serving as the first member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Union County, commencing in 1791 and continuing until his death; and
Whereas, serving in the Ninth General Assembly and the Tenth General Assembly, Colonel Farr served under Speaker Jacob Read's leadership and with Governor Charles Pinckney and Governor William Moultrie; and
Whereas, he fought vigorously for the judiciary, for farmers, and for the basic needs of his fellow Upcountrymen of South Carolina; and
Whereas, he was selected as a commissioner to choose a place to build a new courthouse in the newly created Pinckney district which resulted in the new county seat and town named Pinckneyville; and
Whereas, his legislative record reflects his support for high ethics, open government, and a strong military; and
Whereas, his will affirms that he was a Christian and a Godfearing man; and
Whereas, he was the devoted father of eleven children: Richard, William Black, James, and Hannah Green, who were born to his first wife Eleanor Black Jeter Farr; other children were John Pulaski, Titus Green, Thomas John Smith, Eleanor Thomas, Ann Kincheloe, Elizabeth Frances, and Robert Goodloe Harper, who were born to Colonel Farr's second wife, Elizabeth Taliavo Stribling Farr; and
Whereas, Colonel William Farr departed this life on March 2, 1794; and
Whereas, it seems entirely fitting and proper to commemorate the gifts and contributions of Colonel Farr on the two hundredth anniversary of his death and to recognize and honor his lasting mark in South Carolina history as a true patriot and distinguished legislator. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, commemorates on March 2, 1994, the two hundredth anniversary of the death of Colonel William Farr, outstanding South Carolinian, soldier, and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Be it further resolved that the Department of Transportation name the South Carolina Highway 72 bridge over the Broad River at the Union County and Chester County line adjacent to Colonel Farr's beloved plantation at Fish Dam Ford in close proximity to his gravesite the "Colonel William Farr Memorial Bridge" and that the department erect appropriate markers.
Be it further resolved that Colonel Farr's descendants, Mr. John E. Farr and Dr. Tommy F. Farr, be granted the privilege of the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 2, 1994, at a time to be determined by the Speaker, for the purpose of hearing this resolution read from the podium and having the original of the resolution presented to them on behalf of all of the descendants of Colonel William Farr.
Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina State Museum, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the Union County Museum, the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C., and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.