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John C. Frémont. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-107503).

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Frémont, John Charles (21 January 1813–13 July 1890), explorer and presidential candidate, was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Jean Charles Fremon, a French émigré teacher, and Anne Beverley Whiting Pryor, a Virginia woman of patrician birth who left her elderly husband in 1811 to run away with Fremon. The couple, who apparently never married, moved frequently, living for a period in Savannah, where Jean Charles gave French and dancing lessons, and Anne took in boarders. In 1818 Jean Charles Fremon died, and the family, which by then included several younger children, eventually settled in Charleston, South Carolina, to a life of genteel poverty. The social and economic insecurity of his situation profoundly influenced Frémont. He grew up an outsider—proud, reserved, cautious in sharing his feelings, skeptical of rules and authority, and eager, at times to the point of recklessness, to prove himself....

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Nairne, Thomas (?–18 April 1715), South Carolina political leader and explorer of the colonial Southeast, was a native Scot who emigrated to South Carolina prior to 1695. At Charles Town Nairne married Elizabeth Edwards Quintyne (b. 1658), a Scot and widow of Richard Quintyne, a Barbadian settler of Carolina. Through land grants and his wife’s inheritance Nairne established a plantation on St. Helena Island, south of Charles Town. In addition to his political and planting activities, Nairne was a magistrate, surveyor, admiralty judge, and provincial Indian agent. In 1702 he led neighboring Yamasee Indians on a slave-catching raid to Florida. He then sold captured Indians in Charles Town....