DARGAN, George William, (1841 - 1898)


“The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen” (detail), Once A Week newspaper, 1890, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

DARGAN, George William, (great-grandson of Lemuel Benton), a Representative from South Carolina; born at “Sleepy Hollow,” near Darlington, Darlington County, S.C., May 11, 1841; attended the schools of his native county and the South Carolina Military Academy; served in the Confederate Army throughout the Civil War; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1872 and practiced in Darlington, S.C.; elected to the State house of representatives in 1877; solicitor of the fourth judicial circuit of South Carolina in 1880; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1891); was not a candidate for renomination in 1890; resumed the practice of law; died in Darlington, S.C., June 29, 1898; interment in First Baptist Churchyard.