A Location Rich With History
In 2004, Matt purchased 114 Whitsett Street, the former residence of Alester G. Furman Jr., located in the Pettigru Historic District in downtown Greenville, as the location for his law practice.
A.G. Furman Jr., the great-great grandson of the founder of Furman University, purchased the land at the corner of Whitsett and Carolina St. in 1919 for $10. The following year, Furman and his wife Janie constructed the residence that would become their home for nearly 25 years. A giant in the Greenville business community, Furman headed Alester G. Furman Co., the largest real estate, insurance and securities firm in its day.
He was also instrumental in forming the Greenville Board of Trade, which later become the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Furman served on the board of directors at Ottaray Textiles, Woodside Mills, Liberty Corp., JP Stevens, and many others. Furman also served as a trustee for Furman University for 20 years and was chairman when the decision was made to move the school from its downtown Greenville location to the present site seven miles northwest of Greenville. Furman was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenville, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Greenville Country Club, and the Augusta National Golf Club.
The office watercolor was painted by Sandra Roper in 2005.
The photograph of A. G. Furman Jr., is courtesy of the Special Collections and Archives, Furman University.
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