John C. Calhoun, the Southern politician and political philosopher who was the strongest proponent of Southern rights during the first half of the 19th Century, died on this day in 1850.
His reputed last words:
"The South! The poor South! God knows what will become of her."
Also on this day, in 1631, poet John Donne died, he who wrote:
"Send not to ask for whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee."