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“P” is for Peace, Roger Craft (1899-1968)

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“P” is for Peace, Roger Craft (1899-1968). Journalist, businessman, U.S. senator. A native of Greenville and graduate of Furman, Peace joined the staff of his family’s business—the Greenville News in 1919 as a sports editor. At the death of his father in 1934, he became publisher and president of the Greenville News-Piedmont Company. Under his direction, the company expanded into radio and television stations and other newspapers throughout the South. In 1967 the company became Multimedia, Inc. with Peace as its chairman. In addition to overseeing the media company, he devoted much of his life to public service. In 1941, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate for a four-month interim period. During World War II, Roger Craft Peace chaired South Carolina’s Preparedness for Peace Commission, which developed plans for the state’s economy after the war.

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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.