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AIKEN, David Wyatt, (father of Wyatt Aiken and cousin of William Aiken),
a Representative from South Carolina; born in Winnsboro, Fairfield
County, S.C., March 17, 1828; received his early education under private
tutors; attended Mount Zion Institute, Winnsboro, and was graduated from South
Carolina University, at Columbia, in 1849; taught school two years; engaged in
agricultural pursuits in 1852; during the Civil War served in the Confederate
Army as a private; appointed adjutant and later elected colonel of the Seventh
Regiment of Volunteers; relieved from service by reason of wounds received on
September 17, 1862, at Antietam; member of the State house of representatives
1864-1866; secretary and treasurer, Agricultural and Mechanical Society of
South Carolina, 1869; member, executive committee, National Grange, 1873-1885,
and served as chairman, 1875; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at
St. Louis in 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the four
succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on
Education (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for
renomination in 1886, being an invalid throughout his last term; died in
Cokesbury, S.C., April 6, 1887; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Greenwood, S.C.
BibliographyPritchard, Claudius Hornby, Jr.
Colonel D. Wyatt Aiken, 1828-1887, South Carolinas Militant Agrarian.
Hampden-Sydney, Va.: Privately printed, 1970.