Historic Markers Across South Carolina

James Lide Coker

Marker ID: SCHM 16-27
Location: on Home Avenue at 4th Street, Hartsville
County: Darlington
Coordinates: N 34° 22.661    W 080° 04.258
  34.37768333    -80.07096666
Style: Free Standing **


James L. Coker (1837-1918) came here from Society Hill ca. 1858 as a planter. While serving in the Civil War as a captain in Co. E, 6th Regiment SC Volunteers, he was seriously wounded. Promoted to major in 1864, he was a member of the SC House 1865-66. In 1865 he founded J. L. Coker & Co. and was a founder of the Bank of Darlington (1881); Darlington Manufacturing

Co. (1881); Hartsville Railroad (1884); Carolina Fiber (1890) and Southern Novelty (1899), both now Sonoco; Hartsville Oil Mill (1900); Hartsville Cotton Mill (1900); Coker´s Pedigreed Seed Co. (1902); and the Bank of Hartsville (1903). Major Coker´s generosity resulted in the founding of Coker College in 1908. His home, which burned in 1922, was located here.

Erected by Hartsville Heritage Foundation - 1991