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"S" is for Smith, Nell Whitely (1929-2011)

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"S" is for Smith, Nell Whitely (1929-2011). Legislator, educator, businesswoman. A native of North Carolina, Nell married Harris Page Smith and moved with him to Easley where she taught junior high school science. Later, she opened her own business, House Antiques and Gifts. In July 1981 on the death of her husband, a state senator Senate District No. 1 (Abbeville, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens), she was elected to fill his unexpired term. In 1984, after redistricting, she was elected to two full terms for District No. 2 (Pickens). Smith chaired the Rules Committee (the first woman to chair a standing Senate committee) and the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families. Nell Whitely Smith retired at the end of the 1992 legislative session, but continued to serve the community through membership on numerous boards and commissions.

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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.