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"B” is for Barnwell, Robert Woodward (1801-1882)

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“B” is for Barnwell, Robert Woodward (1801-1882). Educator, congressman, U.S. senator. A native of Beaufort, Barnwell attended Harvard, read for the law and was admitted to the bar. In 1828 he was elected to Congress and served until 1833. He was a prominent nullifier and signed the Ordinance of Nullification. In 1835 he was named president of South Carolina College and succeeded in restoring the college’s public credibility. In 1850, Barnwell served a brief six-month term in the U.S. Senate where he opposed many of the proposals that made up the Compromise of 1850. He signed the Ordinance of Secession and represented South Carolina in the Provisional Confederate Congress. Robert Woodward Barnwell represented South Carolina in the Confederate Senate for the duration of its existence and was one of the state’s few consistent supporters of the Davis administration.

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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.