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Cotton[edit | edit source]

The cotton industry was very important to South Carolina's economy. Cotton mills experienced tremendous growth in the state following the Civil War.[1] An 1880 directory describes the state's cotton mills:

  • The Cotton Mills of South Carolina. Their Names, Location, Capacity and History [From the News and Courier, of Charleston, S.C.] Charleston, S.C.: The News and Courier Book Presses, 1880. Digital version at Google Books.

Doctors[edit | edit source]

  • Waring, Joseph Ioor. A History of Medicine in South Carolina, 1670-1825. 3 vols. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Co., 1964-1971. FHL has vols. 1 & 3: FHL Book 975.7 H2wj

This directory includes many South Carolina doctors:

  • Atkinson, William Biddle. The Physicians and Surgeons of the United States. Philadelphia: Charles Robson, 1878. Digital version at Google Books.

Davis indexed the South Carolina entries:

  • Davis, Robert S. "Biographical Sketches of Some South Carolina Doctors, 1878," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Spring 1998):95-96. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 26

Government Officials[edit | edit source]

  • Cheres, Langdon. South Carolina Governors: With Drawings of Arms of Some of the Colonial Governors of South Carolina, 1702-1766. Microfilmed 1952: FHL Film 22785

Gunsmiths[edit | edit source]

  • Whisker, James B. Gunsmiths of the Carolinas, 1660-1870. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1993. FHL Book 975 U2w

Indigo[edit | edit source]

  • Smith, Henry A.M. "Old Charles Town and Its Vicinity, Accabee and Wappoo Where Indigo Was First Cultivated, with Some Adjoining Places in Old St. Andrews Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Jan. 1915):1-15; Vol. 16, No. 2 (Apr. 1915):49-67. Digital versions at JSTOR ($).

Inventors[edit | edit source]

Comfort created an index of South Carolina residents who received United States patents for inventions:

  • Comfort, Jan. "South Carolina Inventors and Inventions 1790-1873," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Summer 1997):123-136. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 25

Lawyers[edit | edit source]

For histories, see:

  • Brooks, U.R. South Carolina Bench and Bar. Columbia, S.C.: The State Company, 1906. Digital version of Volume 1 at Google Books.
  • Canady, Hoyt P. Gentlemen of the Bar, Lawyers in Colonial South Carolina. New York: Garland Pub., 1987. FHL Book 975.7 U2c

For biographies, see:

A List of South Carolina Lawyers was published in 1851.

Metalworkers[edit | edit source]

  • Scarborough, Quincy. Carolina Metalworkers: Coppersmiths, Pewterers, Tinsmiths of North Carolina and South Carolina. Fayetteville, N.C.: Q. Scarborough, 1995. FHL Book 975 U2s

Plantations[edit | edit source]

Rice plantations formed much of South Carolina's economy. Slaves performed manual labor at plantations before the Civil War. See African American Resources for South Carolina.

Professors[edit | edit source]

Biographies of several early university professors (born 1700s and early 1800s) appear in:

  • LaBorde, M. History of the South Carolina College, From Its Incorporation December 19, 1801, to Nov. 25, 1857, Including Sketches of Its Presidents and Professors. Columbia, S.C.: Peter B. Glass, 1859. Digital version at Google Books.[2]

Silversmiths[edit | edit source]

For a history, see:

  • Burton, E. Milby. South Carolina Silversmiths, 1690-1860. Charleston, S.C.: Charleston Museum, 1942. FHL Book 975.7 U23d

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Cotton Mill," Wikipedia.
  2. Abstracts of the biographies appear in: "Some Early Professors at the University of South Carolina," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 37, No. 3 (Summer 2009):137-141. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 37