DIBBLE, Samuel

DIBBLE, Samuel
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DIBBLE, Samuel, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., September 16, 1837; pursued an academic course in Bethel, Conn., and Charleston, S.C.; attended the College of Charleston for two years, and was graduated from Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., in 1856; engaged in teaching 1856-1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Orangeburg, S.C.; served in the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War; resumed the practice of law in Orangeburg, S.C.; also edited the Orangeburg News; member of the State house of representatives in 1877 and 1878; trustee of the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1878; member of the Board of School Commissioners of Orangeburg County; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Forty-seventh Congress to fill a vacancy thought to exist by reason of the death (pending a contest) of Michael P. O'Connor, and served from June 9, 1881, to May 31, 1882, when the seat was awarded to Edmund W.M. Mackey under the original election; elected to the Forty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1890; engaged in banking and other business interests in Orangeburg, Orangeburg County, S.C.; died near Baltimore, Md., September 16, 1913; interment in Sunny Side Cemetery, Orangeburg, S.C.

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Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: ca. 1779-1910, approximately 1,672 items. The papers of Samuel Dibble contains correspondence, business and legal papers, and printed matter, mostly 1855-1900, reflecting an interest in South Carolina affairs. All pre-1850 papers are legal documents concerned with land surveys and transfers; a few letters written while Dibble was a Confederate soldier relate to the home front; postwar correspondence deals with such matters as phosphate mining, education, professional activities, Afro-Americans in post-Reconstruction politics, and Dibble's opposition to Governor Tillman. Later papers display his expanding activities in banking and railroads. After 1900 the papers concern brother A. C. Dibble, and sons L. V., an insurance agent, and Samuel Jr., a surveyor and civil engineer.

University of South Carolina
South Caroliniana Library

Columbia, SC
Papers: 1863-1931, 528 items and 1 volume. Correspondence from Samuel Dibble's Congressional years, 1881-1891, chiefly constituent mail and requests for appointments, including letters, 1886-1888, re postal positions and replacement of Republican employees with loyal Democrats; membership list, 1884, Dorchester Democratic Club of Summerville; and letter, 12 Mar. 1885, to Secretary of the Treasury Daniel Manning, re financial hardship experienced by S.C. rice planters and failure of tariff to distinguish between broken and cleaned rice. Letter, 9 Apr. 1888, from Francis W. Dawson, editor of Charleston "News and Courier," offering his support for Dibble's re-election campaign and materials re his activities as a member of U.S. House Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. Also including 14 responses to Dibble's 1888 statewide request that local Democratic organizations submit lists of registered voters, identified by race, along with projections of expected Democratic support among African-American population, including lists from S.C. counties of Abbeville, Aiken, Beaufort, Berkeley, Clarendon, Darlington, Edgefield, Greenville, Horry, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Williamsburg, and York. Earlier materials include Dibble's Civil War pocket diary, 31 Aug. 1863 - 7 May 1864, re financial accounts, records of pickets and guards, clothes and stationery issued, furloughs granted, with some mention of troop movements; letter, 20 Mar. 1864, Headquarters 7th Military District, S.C., orders from Gen. [Johnson] Hagood detaching Dibble from his regiment as a clerk and assigning him to Col. [Charles Henry] Simonton on James Island. Correspondence and other legal papers, 1866-1873, relating to Izlar & Dibble, Orangeburg, S.C., a law partnership between Dibble and James Ferdinand Izlar (1832-1912) during Reconstruction era; biographical sketch, Orangeburg, [1865]; and some Dibble family papers, 1926-1931.
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