Remembering Nick Zeigler, 1921-2012

South Carolina has lost a remarkable treasure with the passing of “Nick” Zeigler yesterday.  The Florence native personified the concept of the Renaissance man.  He melded careers and interests as an attorney, public servant, naval officer, educator, playwright, gardener, scholar, spouse, and parent, and achieved recognition and success in each area.

Zeigler had a distinguished legal career. During the sixties and seventies, his name was frequently mentioned when vacancies arose in South Carolina’s federal judiciary.  During the seventies, Zeigler was counsel for the plaintiffs in a tobacco anti-trust case, Windham v. American Brands. He was also involved in Eslinger v. Thomas, et al., a sex-discrimination case concerning female pages in the South Carolina Senate.

His public service began with his election to the South Carolina House in 1960.  In 1966, Zeigler was elected to the South Carolina Senate, where he served until November of 1972.

His collection consists of over thirty feet of papers dating back to 1921 and relating to all aspects of his life and is particularly valuable in providing insight into the development of Florence’s cultural institutions.  His last book, In Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes, was published just last month and contains profiles of forty-seven unpopular, misunderstood, and otherwise neglected South Carolinians.  We will miss this great gentleman.

Read his obituary here or learn more about his 2008 memoir here.

We will shortly be mounting a memorial exhibit in the Brittain Gallery of the Hollings Library.

Contributed by Herb Hartsook

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