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FURMAN, Charles M., financier, born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1797; died there, 3 July 1872. He was admitted to the bar of South Carolina in 1819, and practiced until 1832, when the legislature treasurer of the lower division of the state elected him. In this office he gave evidence of that financial ability for which in after years he became distinguished, and was subsequently chosen to be the comptroller general of the state. Later he was elected one of the masters ill equity for the Charleston district. He was for several years cashier of the state bank, and in 1850 was chosen its president, which office he retained until the close of the civil war. Mr. Furman had previously been called to fill other places of honor and trust. In 1824 he was elected a member of the lower branch of the legislature, and afterward represented his native City in all the municipal boards. He was for many years a director of the South Carolina railroad, and visited England on an important mission in behalf of that corporation. He sat in the secession convention of 1860, and was a member of the National democratic convention that nominated Mr. Seymour for president in 1868.
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