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14th Secretary of War
US Envoy to Mexico
|Joel Roberts Poinsett
15th United States
Secretary of War
Minister to Mexico
16th Secretary of War
US Special Diplomatic Agent to Mexico
Joel Roberts Poinsett (March 2, 1779 – December 12, 1851) was an American physician and diplomat. He was the first U.S. agent in South America, a member of the South Carolina legislature and the United States House of Representatives, the first United States Minister to Mexico (the United States did not appoint ambassadors until 1896), a U.S. Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren, and a co-founder of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science and the Useful Arts (a predecessor of the Smithsonian Institution.)
Born in 1779 in Charleston, South Carolina, to a wealthy physician, Dr. Elisha Poinsett, and his wife Katherine Ann Roberts, he was educated in Connecticut and Europe, gaining expertise in languages, the law, and military affairs.
He died of tuberculosis, hastened by an attack of pneumonia, in Stateburg, South Carolina, in 1851, and is buried at the Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery. 
|First Minister to Mexico.|
He had a home in Greenville, SC, which is now a private club. The website for the club has beautiful photographs of the home: The Poinsett Club
His life and career are well documented on WikiPedia.org and won't be recounted here.
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