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Colonial Dance with Captain Dent

Meet up at Colleton Coffee for an entertaining demonstration of early Colonial dances and learn a bit about a local hero along the way.


Thursday, May 9th at 6 pm - FREE EVENT

John Herbert Dent (22 February 1782 – 29 July 1823) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Quasi-War, the First Barbary War, and the War of 1812. He was acting captain on the USS Constitution" (Old Ironsides) during the attacks on Tripoli in 1804.

Early years

Born in Charles County, Maryland, Dent was the eldest son of Congressman George Dent and Anne (Truman) Dent. His family had arrived in Maryland in the early Colonial days and had a long history of public service. With his parents, we moved to Columbia County, Georgia.

Personal life

On 7 February 1809, Dent married Elizabeth Anne Horry. They had eight children. Captain Dent never returned to Maryland. He took up plantation life in St. Bartholomew’s Parish (Colleton County) in South Carolina, where he died on 29 July 1823. He is buried in Jacksonboro, South Carolina in Bethel Cemetery. The destroyer USS Dent (DD-116) was named for him.

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