Manning, South Carolina

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Manning is a city in South Carolina and the county seat of Clarendon County in the Southeastern United States,[4] located in the center of the county, just to the east of Interstate 95 and at the intersection of U.S. 301 and U.S. 521. The population was estimated to be 3,943 as of 2008,[5] down 2% from its 4,025 population as of the 2000 census. It was named after South Carolina governor John Laurence Manning.[6]



In 1855 the Legislature appointed a group of commissioners to select and purchase a tract of land for "the Village of Manning" in the newly formed Clarendon County. The Plat of Manning was prepared by Captain Joseph Copely Burgess and filed in Sumter County Courthouse 1856. Captain Burgess donated land for the courthouse and jail in Manning. Manning became the county seat for Clarendon County.

The city is named for John Laurence Manning, who was elected to both chambers in the General Assembly, and was chosen by the Assembly to serve as governor from 1852 to 1854.

George Allen Huggins was the first intendant (mayor) of Manning. Manning's Post Office was established in 1856 and Thomas S. Coogler was the first Postmaster. Manning's first library, the Hannah Levi Memorial Library, was completed in 1910. It eventually became known as the Manning Library and was the only public library in the county. It became a county library in 1976 and continued to operate until the opening of the Harvin Clarendon County Library in 1984. The building now houses the Clarendon County Archives and History Center.

A large portion of the original town, including the court house, was destroyed in 1865 during what is known as "Potter's Raid". Manning was later struck by a downtown fire in 1895 and a tornado in 1915.

Railroads, abundant timber and diverse agriculture allowed Manning to flourish during the late 19th century and into the 20th century. In 1933, Highway 4 was changed to U.S. Route 301 and thanks in part to the efforts of Manning resident W. P. Legg,[citation needed] Manning and Clarendon County became a preferred route of the Washington to Florida motorist. Manning is in the I-95 corridor and attracts retirees looking for various recreational activities and mild climates.

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