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William Jasper TALBERT

(1846-1931)

TALBERT, William Jasper, a Representative from South Carolina; born near Edgefield, Edgefield County, S.C., October 6, 1846; attended the common schools in Greenwood and Due West Academy at Abbeville, and was graduated from Erskine College, Due West, S.C.; served in the Confederate Army as a private, Company F, Fifth South Carolina Reserves, as a substitute for his father B.M. Talbert, who was discharged December 17, 1862; enlisted at Richmond, Va., September 15, 1864, as a private, Company B, Infantry Regiment, Hampton Legion, South Carolina; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Parksville, McCormick County, S.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1880-1883; served in the State senate 1884-1888; superintendent of the State penitentiary 1891-1893; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; mayor of Parksville 1895-1900; president of the Democratic State convention in 1899; held various positions in the Farmers’ Alliance; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1903); was not a candidate for renomination in 1902, but was an unsuccessful candidate in the second primary for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1902; resumed agricultural pursuits near Parksville, McCormick County, S.C.; moved to McCormick, S.C., in 1927 and lived in retirement until his death in Greenwood, S.C., February 5, 1931; interment in Parksville Cemetery, Parksville, S.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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