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"S" is for Springs, Elliott White (1896-1959)

South Carolina From A to Z
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"S" is for Springs, Elliott White (1896-1959). Businessman, aviator, author. After graduating from Princeton in 1917, Springs joined the British Royal Flying Corps. Once the United States entered World War I, he was transferred to the U.S. Army. One of the most daring “aces” of the war, he had eleven confirmed “kills.” After the war he worked for his father and began to write. War Birds: The Diary of an Unknown Aviator (a thinly-disguised account of his time in England and France during World War I) was a commercial and critical success. After taking over the family textile business, he modernized the company and grew it into one of the country’s largest textile concerns. In particular, William Elliott Springs won acclaim (as well as criticism) for his humorous and risqué advertisements promoting his company’s “Springmaid” sheets.

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.