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Charles E. Rushmore

Charles E. Rushmore

American attorney; namesake of Mount Rushmore
Charles E. Rushmore
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Intro American attorney; namesake of Mount Rushmore
Was Jurist Lawyer
From United States of America
Type Law
Gender male
Birth 2 December 1857, New York City, New York, USA
Death 31 October 1931 (aged 73 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Family
Mother: Mary Eliza (née Dunn) Rushmore
Father: Edward Carmen Rushmore
Spouse: Jeanette E. Carpenter
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Biography

Charles E. Rushmore (December 2, 1857 – October 31, 1931) was an American businessman and attorney for whom Mount Rushmore is named. 

Biography

Born in New York City, he was the son of Edward Carmen Rushmore and Mary Eliza (née Dunn) Rushmore, of Tuxedo Park, NY. He was married to the former Jeanette E. Carpenter.

In 1883, a tin mine, the Etta, was opened, which caused excitement among Eastern investors. In 1885 Rushmore was in the Black Hills of South Dakota to check the titles to properties for an eastern mining company owned by James Wilson. Although an Easterner, he quickly made friends among the miners and prospectors.

One day he was returning to headquarters of the Harney Peak Consolidated Tin Co., Ltd., located at Pine Camp, which was north of the great granite peak soon to bear his name. With him were a local businessman and William W. Challis, a prospector and guide. As they neared the mountain, Rushmore turned to Challis and asked its name. Challis jestingly replied: "Never had any but it has now - we'll call the thing Rushmore." According to rancher Jerry Urbanek, Rushmore returned to the Black Hills annually to hunt big game.

One day, while accompanied by Ted Brockett of Keystone, South Dakota, Rushmore asked the name of the mountain and was told that it was Slaughterhouse Rock. Rushmore joked that his annual treks to the Hills had earned him the right to have the mountain named after himself. "So just for the hell of it," Urbanek claimed, the locals started calling the hill Mount Rushmore. Whatever the precise story, the United States Board of Geographic Names officially recognized the name "Mount Rushmore" in June 1930.

Forty years after the initial 1885 naming, Rushmore donated $5000 towards Gutzon Borglum's sculpture of the four presidents' heads on the mountain - the largest single contribution. The four presidents were: George WashingtonThomas JeffersonTheodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The Memorial was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on August 10, 1927.

Rushmore was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Mr. Rushmore was also a member of Kane Lodge No. 454, F&AM (NYC).

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