Charleston, South Carolina (JFK+50) Ninety-one years ago today, February 7, 1924, the Francis Marion Hotel here in Charleston officially opened for business.
The hotel, built at a cost of $1.5 million and named in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, was built by New York architect W. L. Stoddard.
A full page advertisement appeared in The News and Courier on February 7, 1924. A copy is proudly displayed today on a wall in the hotel. It reads...
WELCOME FRANCIS MARION
Such a splendid building is a tribute to Charleston's progress. It is in keeping with the city's best traditions. It signifies Charleston's entrance upon a new era of development.
Charleston's future was never brighter. There is needed only a full measure of energy and cooperation on the part of the entire community.
The banks are prepared to do their part now and in the future in advancing Charleston's ambition to claim her rightful place as the great South Atlantic seaport...
Today's twelve story Francis Marion was remodeled in 1996 with a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The hotel, which offers 226 guestrooms and suites, has a ground-floor restaurant named "The Swamp Fox."
During the revolution, Francis Marion was called 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.
**Inga Arvad (1913-1973) was a Danish journalist who attended the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin with Adolf Hitler and was investigated by the FBI as a possible spy. She met JFK while working with his sister, Kathleen, in Washington, D.C.
Divorced from her first husband, Paul Fejos, in June 1942, she married actor Tim McCoy in 1946. Arvad became an American citizen and died of cancer in Arizona.