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“D” is for Daniel, William Henry (1841-1915)

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“D” is for Daniel, William Henry (1841-1915). Farmer, businessman, tobacco pioneer. A native of North Carolina, Daniel moved to South Carolina after the Civil War and settled in Marion County near Nichols. In 1874 he moved to Mullins and opened a general mercantile business called W.H. Daniel Supply Company. As prices for cotton and naval stores declined, local farmers were looking for a new crop. In 1884 Daniel raised eight acres of Bright Leaf tobacco and shipped it to a Danville, Virginia market. Pleased with his profits, he encouraged Marion County farmers to plant the new staple. In 1895 he led a group of investors to build Planters’ Warehouse establishing Mullins as a tobacco market. Mullins soon became the state’s leading leaf market. William Henry Daniel also led in the founding of the Bank of Mullins.

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.