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AIKEN, Wyatt

1863–1923

Biography

AIKEN, Wyatt, (son of David Wyatt Aiken), a Representative from South Carolina; born near Macon, Ga., December 14, 1863; reared in Cokesbury, Abbeville (now Greenwood) County, S.C.; attended the public schools of Cokesbury and of Washington, D.C.; official court reporter for the second South Carolina judicial circuit and, later, for the eighth circuit; volunteered as a private in Company A, First South Carolina Regiment of Infantry, during the war with Spain; later appointed battalion adjutant by Governor Ellerbe, and acted as regimental quartermaster during the greater portion of his service; was mustered out in Columbia, S.C., November 10, 1898; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1917); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916 and again in 1918; lived in retirement until his death in Abbeville, S.C., February 6, 1923; interment in Melrose Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of South Carolina
Special Collections, South Caroliniana Library

Columbia, SC
Papers: In the Aiken and Smart family scrapbooks, 1880-1923, 3 volumes. Persons represented include Wyatt Aiken.
Papers: In the Harry Legare Watson papers, 1884-1969, 5 linear feet. Persons represented include Wyatt Aiken.
Photographs: In the [Photographs of Emory Watson, Wyatt Aiken, Frank Gary] [picture] , 1908-1927, 1 photograph. Persons represented include Wyatt Aiken.
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