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“S” is for Salley, Eulalie Chafee (1883-1975)

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“S” is for Salley, Eulalie Chafee (1883-1975). Suffragist, realtor. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Salley grew up in Aiken. In 1912 she responded to a newspaper advertisement to join the South Carolina Equal Suffrage League (SCEL) and founded the Aiken County Equal Suffrage League—serving as its president. In 1919 she became SCEL president. Once suffrage was achieved, she joined in the formation of the South Carolina League of Women Voters (later serving as regional vice president), and she worked tirelessly to achieve its goal of ending discrimination against women. To fund her suffrage work she applied for and received a real estate license in 1915, becoming the first woman realtor in the state and launching a career that helped put Aiken on the map and made Eulalie Chafee Salley something of a legend.

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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.