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"B" is for Boyce, Ker

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"B" is for Boyce, Ker [1787-1854]. Merchant, bank president. Boyce began his career as a clerk and shopkeeper in Newberry. He moved to Charleston where his business ventures thrived and Boyce become a wealthy man and influential member of the city’s business community. Among his successful investments were the Bank of Charleston, the Charleston Hotel, and the Graniteville Manufacturing Company. He on the boards of the South Carolina Railroad and the Bank of the State of South Carolina. He was president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce from 1840 to 1846. Boyce represented Charleston in the South Carolina House of Representatives and in the South Carolina Senate. At his death, Ker Boyce was one of the wealthiest men in South Carolina and the entire South, despite the fact that he owned few slaves and had no planting interests.

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.