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Ruffin, Edmund

Born: 1794 AD
Died: 1865 AD

1794 – Born in Prince George County, Virginia on the 5th of January.

1813 – He managed his father’s tobacco plantation.

1832 – He published an influential book advocating the use of marl to reduce soil acidity, which helped restore Southern plantations to productivity. He also published the Farmer’s Register and lectured widely on agriculture.

1850 – He defended slavery and advocated secession.

1861 – He fired one of the first shots at Fort Sumter .

1865 – Died on the 18th of June.