Charleston, South Carolina (JFK+50) 90 years ago today, February 7, 1924, the Francis Marion Hotel here in the Holy City opened for business.
The hotel, built at a cost of $1.5 million, was named in honor of the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion.*
The Francis Marion Hotel today is 12 stories high & offers 226 guestrooms and suites.
Marion later saw service in the 2nd SC Regiment during the War for Independence. The legendary Banestre Tarleton was sent to either capture or kill Marion but gave up after a 26 mile chase.
It was Tarleton who dubbed Francis Marion the "swamp fox" because of his unique ability to disappear in the swamps after successful raids against the British.
After the war, Francis Marion was elected to the South Carolina State Senate and served from 1782 to 1790.