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"D” is for DeLarge, Robert Carlos (1842-1874)

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“D” is for DeLarge, Robert Carlos (1842-1874). Legislator, Congressman. DeLarge was born in Aiken, the son of a slave-owning Black tailor and his Haitian-born wife. He learned the barbering trade before enlisting in the Confederate navy. He later regretted his actions and donated most of his wartime earnings to the Republican Party. After the Civil War he became an ardent Republican. A gifted orator, he used his skills to help organize the Republican Party in South Carolina. In 1867 he was elected to the General Assembly. In 1870 he narrowly defeated a white Republican to serve the Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The election was contested and a congressional committee removed him from office in 1873. Robert Carlos DeLarge did not seek reelection because of failing health and died a year later.

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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.