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“G” is for Gonzales, Narciso Gener (1858-1903)

“G” is for Gonzales, Narciso Gener (1858-1903). Editor. Born in Edingsville on Edisto Island, Gonzales was a voracious reader and spent one year at a boy’s school in Virginia. In 1874 he began working as a telegraph operator and became immersed in Democratic Party politics as a supporter of Wade Hampton. In 1880 he joined the staff of the Charleston News and Courier. With his brother Ambrose he founded the State newspaper in Columbia in 1891. As editor of the newspaper, he was a bitter opponent of Ben Tillman and his faction of the Democratic Party. In biting prose Gonzales attacked any program or politician that Tillman supported. In 1903 Narciso Gener Gonzales was gunned down in broad daylight on the corner of Main and Gervais Streets in Columbia by the state’s lieutenant governor.

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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.