TYPE: Antique Photograph

Date published:1902

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born September 22, 1853, of slave parents, near Rembert, Sumter County, S. C. Emancipation found him a lad of eleven summers, bereft of both parents. Without a friend upon whom to rely for either aid or advice In an impoverishing section, he entered upon the fierce combat then in progress for the Indispensable bread of life. Among the waifs of his neighborhood in 1866, he learned the alphabet and acquired an imperfect pronunciation of monosyllables. In efforts to improve his meager stock of knowledge during the succeeding five years, he so industriously applied himself that in January, 1871, he entered a day school, while in session, for the first time, but as teacher, not scholar. He taught until the Fall of 1874, when he successfully passed a competitive examnation and secured a scholarship as sub-freshman in the reconstructed University of South Carolina. He was successfully employed as a teacher until February, 1890, when he secured an appointment as Inspector of customs at the port of Charleston, S. C. Entering the political arena In the contest for the Republican nomination for Congress in 1892, he successfully won the stake and was pitted in the general election against Gen. E. W. Moise, one of the most brilliant, wealthy and popular Democrats in the State, whom he finally defeated and was declared elected to the fifty-third Congress. He was again elected to the Fifty-fourth Congress, and counted out, but contested and was finally seated. He was again elected to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses, and counted out, and failed to be seated after strong contests. Since his retirement from congressional contests, seeing the primary and crying need of his race is a larger per cent of the ownership of homes, , and the impossibility of securing them in the desired space of time under the prevailing circumstances, where ……


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