Ellison Durant Smith

Research Award for the
South Caroliniana Library

A seated Ellison Durant Smith surrounded by well-wishers 
Smith seated among well-wishers

The Ellison Durant Smith Research Award provides financial support to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate scholars seeking to conduct research at the South Caroliniana Library on government, politics, and society since 1900. Visit the Ellison Durant Smith Research Awards for more information and application instructions.

The Ellison Durant Smith Research Awards are endowed through the estate of Harold McCallum McLeod [d.1999]. Mr. McLeod was a native of Timmonsville, a Wofford graduate, and a World War II veteran. He was employed by the Internal Revenue Service from 1933 until his retirement as District Director in 1973. McLeod is remembered for the friendly and effective manner in which he carried out his difficult duties with the IRS, for his commitment to his church, country and Wofford College, and his fond childhood memories of "Cotton Ed," his famous relative.

This endowment was strengthened through a bequest made by John B. McLeod (d. 2007). Mr. McLeod served as President of the University South Caroliniana Society from 2002 to 2005.

Ellison Durant "Cotton Ed" Smith

At his death, Ellison Durant "Cotton Ed" Smith (1864-1944) had served longer in the U.S. Senate, 1909 to 1944, than any prior member. Columbia's The State newspaper called Smith, "one of the most colorful senators in the Nation's history, a rugged individualist who fought to the very end for his very pronounced ideas on government, on racial relations and other matters. He didn't flinch to stand alone; he was a bitter-end fighter of the New Deal, [and] a staunch supporter of States' rights. . . ." As chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, Smith was a powerful advocate for the farmer. Historian Leonard Plummer stated, "When he came to the Senate he came with a mission. . . . He was one of the first to demand national action for the economic relief of the agriculture of the South. . . ." He was a farmer himself, operating the family plantation, located in what is now Lee County.

Smith casting his ballot
 
A close-up of Smith seated and well-dressed
Smith casting his ballot
 
Ellison Durant Smith


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