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"W" is for Whittaker, Miller Fulton [1892-1949]

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"W" is for Whittaker, Miller Fulton [1892-1949]. Architect. College president. Born in Sumter, he moved with his family to Oklahoma City. After graduating from Kansas State College with a degree in architecture, he returned to South Carolina as a faculty member of the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural, and Mechanical College. During World War I he was an officer in the all-black 92nd Division. In 1925 he became a dean at South Carolina State College and, in 1932, the college's third president. He successfully guided the school through the grim days of the Great Depression and a post-World War II boom in enrollment. Because of segregation, he oversaw the creation of SC State’s law school. In addition to his academic positions, Miller Fulton Whittaker practiced architecture and designed a number of buildings on campus including Hodge Hall.

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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.