JOEL ROBERTS POINSETT

Joel Roberts Poinsett was an American physician and diplomat. He was the first U.S. agent in South America, a member of the South Carolina legislature and the United States House of Representatives, the first United States Minister to Mexico , a U.S. Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren, and a co-founder of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science and the Useful Arts , as well as the namesake of Poinsett County, Arkansas; Poinsett Highway, Poinsett Bridge, and Poinsett State Park in South Carolina; Lake Poinsett in South Dakota; and the poinsettia, a popular Christmas plant. Wikipedia*

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U.S. Representative, Jackson Republican-SC 1st December 1, 1823 - March 7, 1825 Videos: 0 U.S. Representative, Democratic-Republican-SC 1st December 3, 1821 - March 3, 1823 Videos: 0

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