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Abbeville

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Abbeville is a city in Abbeville County, South Carolina, United States, 86miles west of Columbia and 45miles south of Greenville. Its population was 5,237 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Abbeville County. Settled by French Huguenot settlers, it was named, along with the county, for the French town of the same name.HistoryAbbeville was established by French Huguenots in 1764, at a site named by John de la Howe. It was incorporated in 1840.Famed states' rights advocate and Vice President John C. Calhoun first practiced law in Abbeville, and he was born on a farm on the outskirts in what is now Mt. Carmel.Abbeville and the American Civil WarAbbeville has the unique distinction of being both the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy. On November 22, 1860, a meeting was held at Abbeville, at a site since dubbed "Secession Hill", to launch South Carolina's secession from the Union; one month later, the state of South Carolina became the first state to secede.
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