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“D” is for Daniel, Charles Ezra

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  “D” is for Daniel, Charles Ezra [1895-1964]. Businessman. U.S. Senator. A native of Georgia, Daniel moved with his family to Anderson where he entered business and would become 20th century South Carolina’s most successful businessman. After service in World War I, he returned home and began building mill houses. In 1934, he established Daniel Construction Company. His firm had a reputation for cost and quality control that won building contracts first in South Carolina, then the South, and eventually around the world. He was instrumental in the creation of the State Development Board. In 1954 he was appointed U.S. senator, to fill the unexpired term of Burnet Maybank. Realizing that racial segregation was an impediment to economic progress, in 1961, Charles Ezra Daniel advised Carolinians to “forsake some of their old ways” to improve opportunities for blacks and whites.

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.