The Governor’s House Inn on Broad Street has quite a history. Built in 1760, it is best know for being the home of Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. But, Rutledge was not the original owner of the house. It was owned by James Laurens, whose brother Henry (who served as the second President of the Continental Congress, among other things) holds the distinction for being the only American imprisoned in the Tower of London during the American Revolution. He was only released when a trade for Lord General Cornwallis was negotiated after his defeat at the Battle of Yorktown. Laurens son, John, currently performs as a supporting character in the musical, Hamilton.
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