Article recounts the origins of the iconic Southern Christmas staple, the Poinsettia, and its connection to Joel Roberts Poinsett's travels to Mexico. Poinsett was a world traveler and South Carolina stateman of the 19th century. He served as a state legislator, US Secretary of War, and as Head of South Carolina’s Board of Public Works—which oversaw the development of bridges, dams, and ports. Poinsett discovered the plant while he was on assignment as The United States' first diplomat to Mexico.
|State||Published - Dec 9 2020|