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“H” is for Haskell, Alexander Cheves (1839-1910)

“H” is for Haskell, Alexander Cheves (1839-1910). Soldier, legislator, businessman. A native of Abbeville District, Haskell graduated from South Carolina College. He volunteered for service during the Civil War, rose to the rank of colonel, and was wounded four times. During Reconstruction he served in the S.C. House of Representatives. In 1876 Haskell chaired the Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee and helped organize Wade Hampton’s gubernatorial campaign. With the election results in dispute, Haskell became the Hampton campaign’s emissary to the Grant administration. By 1890 Tillman had taken over the Democratic Party. Tillman won the nomination for governor but Haskell bolted the party and ran against Tillman. He appealed to black voters and was trounced in the general election. Alexander Cheves Haskell helped organize the State newspaper, which consistently opposed Tillman and his allies.

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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.