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Charles E. Rushmore

Born: Dec 2, 1857

Death: Oct 31, 1931

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Charles E. Rushmore

Date of Birth : Dec 2, 1857
Date of Death : Oct 31, 1931
Birth Place : New York City

Charles E. Rushmore was an American businessman and attorney for whom Mount Rushmore is named. Born in New York City, he was the son of Edward Carmen Rushmore and Mary Eliza 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, Rushmore 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 business man, 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.


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