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“P” is for Pollock, William Pegues

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  “P” is for Pollock, William Pegues [1870-1922]. U.S. Senator. A native of Cheraw, Pollock was admitted to the bar in 1893. The following year he was elected to the first of four terms to represent Chesterfield County in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He served as a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1900. He made an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1916, but his energetic campaign made him a statewide figure. In 1918, the General Assembly elected him to fill the vacancy in the U.S. Senate following the death of Ben Tillman. Taking his seat on December 2, 1918, Pollock participated in the vote for the enfranchisement of women—which he supported. Following the end of his short interim term on March 3, 1919, William PeguesPollock resumed his law practice in Cheraw.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson 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.