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| image name = Laurence M. Keitt cph.3a02077.jpg
 
| image name = Laurence M. Keitt cph.3a02077.jpg
 
| birth_date = {{Birth date|1824|10|04}}
 
| birth_date = {{Birth date|1824|10|04}}
| birth_place = Orangeburg County, South Carolina
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| birth_place = [[Orangeburg County, South Carolina]]
 
|death_date = {{Death date and age|1864|06|02|1824|10|04}}
 
|death_date = {{Death date and age|1864|06|02|1824|10|04}}
 
|death_place = Richmond, Virginia
 
|death_place = Richmond, Virginia
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|predecessor3 = [[Joseph A. Woodward]]
 
|predecessor3 = [[Joseph A. Woodward]]
 
|successor3 = ''Himself''
 
|successor3 = ''Himself''
|office4 = Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
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|office4 = Member of the [[South Carolina House of Representatives]]
 
|term_start4 = 1848
 
|term_start4 = 1848
 
|term_end4 = 1853
 
|term_end4 = 1853
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|branch= {{army|CSA}}
 
|branch= {{army|CSA}}
 
|serviceyears = 1862–1864
 
|serviceyears = 1862–1864
|rank = [[File:CSAColonel.png|35px]] [[Confederate States Army#Ranks and insignia|Colonel]]
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|rank = [[File:CSAColonel.png|35px]] [[Confederate_States_Army#Ranks_and_insignia|Colonel]]
 
|battles = [[American Civil War]]<br>[[Battle of Cold Harbor]]
 
|battles = [[American Civil War]]<br>[[Battle of Cold Harbor]]
 
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Keitt is notable for being the only US elected official to be involved in two separate acts of [[legislative violence]] on the floor of the US House of Representatives, the first in 1856 when he assisted [[Preston Brooks]] (D-SC) in his [[caning of Charles Sumner|cane attack on Charles Sumner]] (R-MA) by brandishing a pistol, and the second in 1858 when he attacked and attempted to choke [[Galusha Grow]] (R-PA).
 
Keitt is notable for being the only US elected official to be involved in two separate acts of [[legislative violence]] on the floor of the US House of Representatives, the first in 1856 when he assisted [[Preston Brooks]] (D-SC) in his [[caning of Charles Sumner|cane attack on Charles Sumner]] (R-MA) by brandishing a pistol, and the second in 1858 when he attacked and attempted to choke [[Galusha Grow]] (R-PA).
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Keitt was born in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. A member of the Democratic Party, he was representative to the South Carolina state house, 1848, and then U.S. Representative from South Carolina's 3rd District, 1853–55, 1855–56 and 1856-60. Keitt was censured by the House in 1856 for aiding Rep. [[Preston S. Brooks]] in his [[Caning of Charles Sumner|caning attack]] on Sen. [[Charles Sumner]]. After Brooks began beating the defenseless Sumner with his gold-tipped cane, Keitt quickly drew a pistol from his belt, jumped into the aisle and leveled it at the horror-struck Congressmen who were approaching to try to assist Sumner, loudly announcing "Let them be!". He resigned in protest over his censure, but was overwhelmingly re-elected to his seat by his South Carolina constituency within a month.
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Keitt was born in [[Orangeburg County, South Carolina]]. A member of the Democratic Party, he was representative to the South Carolina state house, 1848, and then U.S. Representative from South Carolina's 3rd District, 1853–55, 1855–56 and 1856-60. Keitt was censured by the House in 1856 for aiding Rep. [[Preston S. Brooks]] in his [[Caning of Charles Sumner|caning attack]] on Sen. [[Charles Sumner]]. After Brooks began beating the defenseless Sumner with his gold-tipped cane, Keitt quickly drew a pistol from his belt, jumped into the aisle and leveled it at the horror-struck Congressmen who were approaching to try to assist Sumner, loudly announcing "Let them be!". He resigned in protest over his censure, but was overwhelmingly re-elected to his seat by his South Carolina constituency within a month.
   
 
On February 5, 1858, Keitt started a massive brawl on the House floor during a tense late-night debate. Keitt, offended by Pennsylvania Congressman (and later Speaker of the House) [[Galusha A. Grow]] having stepped over to his side of the House chamber, dismissively demanded that Grow sit down, calling him a "black Republican puppy". Grow responded by telling Keitt that "No negro-driver shall crack his whip over me." Keitt became enraged and went for Grow's throat, shouting that he would "choke him for that". A large brawl involving approximately 50 representatives erupted on the House floor, ending only when a missed punch from Rep. [[Cadwallader Washburn]] of Wisconsin upended the [[hairpiece]] of Rep. [[William Barksdale]] of Mississippi. The embarrassed Barksdale accidentally replaced the wig backwards, causing both sides to erupt in spontaneous laughter.<ref>{{cite journal | title=Filibuster | author=Allan L. Damon | journal=American Heritage Magazine | date=December 1975 | volume=27 | issue=1 | url=http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1975/1/1975_1_11.shtml}}</ref><ref>''Congressional Globe.'' 35th Cong., 1st sess. 8 Feb. 1858. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llcg&fileName=045/llcg045.db&recNum=666 603].</ref>
 
On February 5, 1858, Keitt started a massive brawl on the House floor during a tense late-night debate. Keitt, offended by Pennsylvania Congressman (and later Speaker of the House) [[Galusha A. Grow]] having stepped over to his side of the House chamber, dismissively demanded that Grow sit down, calling him a "black Republican puppy". Grow responded by telling Keitt that "No negro-driver shall crack his whip over me." Keitt became enraged and went for Grow's throat, shouting that he would "choke him for that". A large brawl involving approximately 50 representatives erupted on the House floor, ending only when a missed punch from Rep. [[Cadwallader Washburn]] of Wisconsin upended the [[hairpiece]] of Rep. [[William Barksdale]] of Mississippi. The embarrassed Barksdale accidentally replaced the wig backwards, causing both sides to erupt in spontaneous laughter.<ref>{{cite journal | title=Filibuster | author=Allan L. Damon | journal=American Heritage Magazine | date=December 1975 | volume=27 | issue=1 | url=http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1975/1/1975_1_11.shtml}}</ref><ref>''Congressional Globe.'' 35th Cong., 1st sess. 8 Feb. 1858. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llcg&fileName=045/llcg045.db&recNum=666 603].</ref>

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