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"H" is for Hampton, Harry [1897-1980]

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"H" is for Hampton, Harry [1897-1980]. Writer. Conservationist. In the 1930s Hampton began writing a column called "Woods and Waters" for The State newspaper. The column was essentially a crusade for the conservation and wise use of the state's natural resources. He reached a wide audience through his column and numerous public speaking engagements. Hampton published several books, including the autobiographical Woods and Waters and Some Asides. His leadership was instrumental in the creation of the Wildlife and Marine Resources Department and in the organization that became the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. One of his greatest successes was his role in saving the Congaree Swamp, now Congaree Swamp National Park. For a lifetime of work on behalf of the state's natural resources, Harry Hampton has been called the father of South Carolina's conservation movement.

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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.