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ELMORE, Franklin Harper, financier, born in Laurens district, South Carolina, 16 January 1799; died in Washington, D. C., 29 May 1850. He was the second son of General John A. Ehnore, a soldier of the Revolution. He was graduated at South Carolina College in 1819, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1821. From 1822 till 1836 he was solicitor of the southern circuit. In 1821 he was appointed aide to Governor Manning, with the rank of colonel. He married Harriet Chesnut Taylor, daughter
of Gov. John Taylor of South Carolina and his wife Sarah Cantey Chesnut of South Carolina. He was elected trustee of the state in 1825, 1829, and 1833, was elected to congress in 1835, as a States rights Democrat, and remained until 1839, when he was elected president of the bank of the state of South Carolina. To this office he was annually elected till April 1850, when by the governor's appointment he became U. S. senator, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of John C. Calhoun, and his own life closed twenty-three days after he entered the senate. He had been selected in 1838, by the congressional delegation, to obtain authentic information concerning the antislavery movement; and the letters that passed between him and James G. Birney were printed, under the title of the " Elmore Correspondence.
"His brother, Rush, jurist, born in Alabama about 1810, was educated for the bar, served in the Mexican war, and in 1854 was appointed an associate justice of the U. S. court in Kansas, residing in Lecompton. He died during the civil war.
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