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Hastings Wyman Papers, 1960-2001
Hastings Wyman has written and published Southern Political Report since 1978. The bi-weekly publication provides expert analysis of politics and politicians in the South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia).

Wyman was born in Aiken to Hastings Wyman, Sr., and Elizabeth Babb Wyman. He attended public schools in Camden and Aiken and received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1961, with a major in American government, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1964. Wyman was elected chair of the Aiken County Republican Party in 1965 at the age of twenty?six and a year later became a field representative in the southern states for the Republican National Committee. In that role he traveled throughout the South presenting workshops on campaigning.

In late 1967 Wyman became a Capitol Hill staffer, working as a legislative assistant for Senator Strom Thurmond. He held that position until 1973, excluding a leave of six months in 1970 to manage the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Albert Watson. In 1973 he was employed as a special assistant to Secretary of Commerce Frederick B. Dent. From 1975 until 1998 Wyman worked in the public affairs department of the American Petroleum Institute. In addition to publishing Southern Political Report Wyman has written for national publications including Roll Call, Spectator, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and has provided political commentary on television and radio.

The Wyman papers consist of one-half linear foot of papers, 1960-2001 (bulk dates, 1985-2001), chiefly including correspondence, writings, and speeches. Writings include unpublished and published articles. Speeches are often annotated, and occasionally include related correspondence, programs and other associated materials. Mr. Wyman has also donated a complete run of Southern Political Report which is available through the Books Division of the South Caroliniana Library. Donor: Mr. Hastings Wyman.

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