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"G” is for Gilman, Samuel Foster (1791-1858)

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“G” is for Gilman, Samuel Foster (1791-1858). Clergyman. A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Harvard, Gilman accepted a call to serve as minister of the Second Independent (Congregational) Church in Charleston. The congregation embraced Unitarian views and under Gilman’s leadership the church expanded and changed its name to the Archdale Unitarian Church. His persistence in defending Unitarianism and his growing literary reputation gradually led to his admission into Charleston cultural circles and the acceptance of “Gilman’s Church.” His writings appeared in national and regional publications such as North American Review and the Southern Literary Messenger. His works also appeared in bound volumes such as Memoirs of a New England Choir and his collected essays, Contributions in Literature. Samuel Foster Gillman’s tireless efforts helped establish Unitarianism as a viable religion in South Carolina and the American South.

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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.