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John Julius Dargan papers, 1785-1965 (bulk, 1877-1940).

Author: John Julius Dargan; F Elliott Thomas
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Correspondence, publications, clippings, and other papers, 1785 and 1877-1965, re political activities in S.C., the free trade movement, the peace movement, criticism of Ben Tillman, Dargan's support of the Democratic Party; elections and politics at state and national levels; and Dargan's concept of the public defender.
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Biography
Named Person: John Julius Dargan; Francis Jackson Garrison; Ednah Dow Cheney; M C Butler; Benjamin R Tillman; Theodore Roosevelt; J Leighton Wilson; Paul B Du Chaillu; George W Dargan; William Edwin Dargan; Robert Means Davis; John Witherspoon DuBose; Harry Hammond; H A Gaillard; Charles Richardson Miles; Robert Mills; Wade Hampton; James Fagan; James Rembert; Dorgan family.
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: John Julius Dargan; F Elliott Thomas
OCLC Number: 71789076
Description: 0.33 linear ft. (1 document box) 1 legal size folder. 1 over size folder.

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Correspondence, publications, clippings, and other papers, 1785 and 1877-1965, re political activities in S.C., the free trade movement, the peace movement, criticism of Ben Tillman, Dargan's support of the Democratic Party; elections and politics at state and national levels; and Dargan's concept of the public defender.

Correspondents include Matthew Calbraith Butler and George William Dargan, both in Washington, D.C.; William Edwin Dargan, of Darlington, S.C.; Robert Means Davis, of Columbia, S.C.; John Witherspoon DuBose, of Alabama; H.A. Gaillard, of Winnsboro, S.C.; Harry Hammond of Beech Island, S.C.; Charles Richardson Miles; Theodore Roosevelt, and others.

Letter, 11 Dec. 1904, Boston, Mass., from F[rancis] J[ackson] G[arrison], who was the youngest son of William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), noted abolitionist and editor of The Liberator; FJG's letter notes Dargan's recent trip to Boston to attend the International Peace Congress, Booker T. Washington's two-week trip to Boston and his speaking engagements, and the death of author and philanthropist Ednah Cheney whose bequests included endowments of $5500 each to Tuskegee Institute, Hampton Institute, and Atlanta University.

Includes typescript of essays written by Dargan and published in The State newspaper: Genius of Robert Mills All Too Little Known (11 sheets, published 13 Dec. 1913); newspaper clippings include a Sept. 1907 account of Dargan's attendance at the peace conference in Boston, Mass; and essay by F. Elliott Thomas, Charms of Historic Stateburg [S.C.] (oversize copy of front page of The State newspaper, 11 Aug. 1907).

Other essays include: John Leighton Wilson: Missionary, Explorer, Naturalist, Author, and Linguist (13 sheets, published, 9 Oct. 1904, in The State); a news items re Dargan's discovery while in Boston that Dr. John Leighton Wilson of S.C. had discovered the upland gorilla while in Africa (3 sheets, published 5 Dec. 1904 in The State newspaper), and in 1847 had donated a gorilla skeleton to the Boston Society of Natural History, predating by ca. 10 years the explorations of Wilson's foster child, Paul Belloni Du Chaillu (c.1831-1903) who is generally credited with the discovery.

Undated reprints from a Sumter newspaper, "Comments on the Chiquola Club's Entertainments," re a public lecture on S.C. history given by J.J. Dargan in the Camden Opera House, where guests included his five daughters [attributed to "Sumter W[atchman] and S[outhron]"; places represented include Charleston, Sumter, Darlington, S.C., and elsewhere.

Majority of books in the J.J. Dargan papers described individually in catalog, including book, The Long Trail, written by Theodore Roosevelt, with letter, 14 May 1917, from the author to Dargan, "You are the kind of American in whom I believe"; this box includes Includes photocopies of title pages and selected portions with annotations of volumes from J.J. Dargan's library currently housed in Published Materials (Books Division) at SCL, which are not identified as such in the catalog.

Oversize items include deed, 9 Mar. 1785, "release of 150 acres of land" from James Fagan to James Rembert, for property on a branch of Turkey Creek on Black River" in St. Mark's Parish [probably in present-day Georgetown County, S.C.] ; and affidavit signed by Wade Hampton, 15 Jan. 1877, appointing Dargan as trial justice of Sumter County, with Dargan's notes claiming this appointment marked "the first orderly and legal proceeding to establish Hampton's authority as governor of S.C."

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