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“D” is for Daniel, William Henry (1841-1915)

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“D” is for Daniel, William Henry (1841-1915). Farmer, businessman, tobacco pioneer. A native of North Carolina, Daniel moved to South Carolina after the Civil War and settled in Marion County near Nichols. In 1874 he moved to Mullins and opened a general mercantile business called W.H. Daniel Supply Company. As prices for cotton and naval stores declined, local farmers were looking for a new crop. In 1884 Daniel raised eight acres of Bright Leaf tobacco and shipped it to a Danville, Virginia market. Pleased with his profits, he encouraged Marion County farmers to plant the new staple. In 1895 he led a group of investors to build Planters’ Warehouse establishing Mullins as a tobacco market. Mullins soon became the state’s leading leaf market. William Henry Daniel also led in the founding of the Bank of Mullins.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.