Last WWI combat veteran dies at 110

Claude Choules, believed to be the last of more than 60 million men worldwide to have served in combat in World War I, has died in Australia at the age of 110.

The British-born Choules signed up for the Great War at just 14 years of age, served in the Royal Navy and witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow.

After the war, he moved to Perth and joined the Australian Navy, working as a demolition officer during World War II.

He died in his sleep in a Perth nursing home overnight, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Repealing the Ordinance of Secesssion

It’s been but a few months since the 150th anniversary of the passage of South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession was recognized. So, what became of the document, which was signed in December 1860 and marked South Carolina’s departure from the Union? 

The ordinance itself remains in the possession of the state, where it’s been for a century and a half. But what of the force behind the ordinance?

It turns out that South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession was repealed in September 1865 at a constitutional convention called a few months after the end of the War Between the States.

Benjamin Perry, appointed by President Andrew Johnson as provisional governor of South Carolina on June 30, 1865, called for the constitutional convention to meet at the First Baptist Church in Columbia, ironically the same building where the Secession Convention first convened in mid-December 1860 to discuss disunion.

More than 100 representatives came from around the state, many of them drawn from the cream of South Carolina society, according to historian Francis Butler Simkins in his seminal work “South Carolina During Reconstruction.”

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