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FARROW, Samuel, lawyer, born in Virginia about 1759; died in Columbia, South Carolina, 18 November 1824. His father settled near Musgrove's Mills, in Spartanburgh district, South Carolina, about 1765. The son was a member of a company of scouts in the Revolutionary war, was wounded in one of the numerous skirmishes in which he was engaged, and took part in the battle of Musgrove's Mills. When he was made a prisoner, together with his two brothers, his mother, a daughter of Colonel Philemon Waters, obtained their release by delivering up six British prisoners, and boasted that she had made a good bargain, because she could beat the British four to one. After the war he studied law, was admitted to the bar in Charleston in 1793, and settled at Spartanburgh. In 1810 he was elected lieutenant governor, and in 1812 as a Democrat to congress from the Pinckney district, serving from 24 May 1813, till 4 March 1815. He was reelected, but resigned, preferring to serve in the state House of Representatives, of which he was a member from 1816 till 1821, when he retired from public life. The organization of the South Carolina lunatic asylum and deaf and dumb asylum was chiefly due to his efforts.
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