Dr William Columbus Cauthen

Dr William Columbus Cauthen


Dr. William Columbus Cauthen was born on 20 Dec 1825 in Hanging Rock, Kershaw, SC. He died on 4 May 1865 in Hanging Rock, Lancaster, SC. Graduated from the Medical School of Transylvania College in Lexington, KY in 1847. Set up his office in one corner of his father’s home in Hanging Rock.  Dr. William Columbus Cauthen was actively involved in state politics. He was elected and served in the South Carolina Legislature three terms in the state House of Representatives from 1852-1858.

In 1860 he refused a nomination as a delegate to the delegate selection committee for the National Democratic Convention to be held in Charleston, stating that South Carolina should boycott the convention. Later in 1860 Dr. Cauthen accepted the nomination to attend another convention, the Secession Convention in Columbia and Charleston. Cauthen along with two other delegates signed the Ordinance of Secession for Lancaster District.

Dr William Columbus Cauthen signature


He was buried in May 1865 in H.R. Meth Cem, Hanging Rock, Lancaster, SC.


Dr William Columbus Cauthen grave

Hanging Rock United Methodist Church Cemetery

Family links:
Thomas Cauthen (1780 – 1872)
Nancy Cauthen (1787 – 1849)

Margaret Jane Cauthen Cauthen (1833 – 1888)

J.T. Barksdale Cauthen (1849 – 1875)
Cauthen (1850 – 1850)
Lewis Jackson Cauthen (1851 – 1904)
Susan Emeline Cauthen (1853 – 1853)
Cauthen (1854 – 1854)
Cauthen (1855 – 1855)
William Columbus Cauthen (1856 – 1863)
Agnes Nancy Jane Cauthen (1859 – 1863)
Mary E. Cauthen (1861 – 1864)
Dixon B. Cauthen (1863 – 1884)


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Today the South Carolina Division Honors these great men and sons, of the great State of South Carolina and in their memory are erecting a monument for future generations to remember their commitment and sacrifice of risking all for the freedom of this State.


The Signers of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession Monument

The South Carolina Division will erect an impressive monument  to the memory of these patriots in the Charleston area during the Sesquicentennial.  Your help is needed, and you can be part of this major project.  There are several ways for camps, individuals, and businesses to memorialize a signer, an ancestor, a camp namesake, a camp, a family or an individual.

Artist rendition of the South Carolina Secession Signers Monument to be placed in Charleston, SC.

If you would like to help honor the brave men that led the people of South Carolina to independence  for a second time, you can see how here at http://www.scsignersmonument.com