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Thomas William Woodward (1833-1902) Papers, 1852-1902

Two manuscripts, 1896 and 1902, and manuscript volume, 1852-1878, attest to the devotion of Thomas William Woodward (1833-1902) for his state and its people. Woodward lived at Rockton, Fairfield County, and represented it faithfully in both the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate.

During the Civil War, he served in the 20th and the 6th South Carolina Volunteers, attaining the rank of major. In 1876 Woodward organized Fairfield County in support of Wade Hampton's bid for governor. Woodward's fight against Tillmanism is evident in "Maj. Woodward's Valentine," 1896, a poem describing a dream in which Woodward bemoans the loss of Lyles and heralds the fight by Johnson, Weir, and Mitchell—"Who turned away the caucus And from Tillmanism too." Georgetown lawyer Walter Hazard wrote Woodward a few weeks before his death—"I often look back with pleasure upon the days when we were thrown into political association with each other, and remember the fearlessness and courage with which you upheld your convictions." The volume contains chiefly autographs from Woodward's classmates at South Carolina College. His convictions were strong even then for he was expelled for his role in the school's Biscuit Rebellion of December 1852.

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