Initially the factory made banana drums, barrels, furniture, and fine veneers. By 1903 production was expanded to include wooden crates, boxes, and baskets used by the burgeoning truck-farming industry in South Carolina for shipping fruits and vegetables. Read the Entry »

In 1908 Swearingen was elected state superintendent of education, a position he would hold unopposed for fourteen years. He was quick to state that he was not political but was interested in education and saw the position as an opportunity to serve the state. Read the Entry »

From 1934 to 1938 Swearingen attended the University of South Carolina. Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1938, he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Read the Entry »

At the start of each legislative day, the sergeant at arms places the sword in a cradle at the front of the president’s podium, where it rests whenever the Senate is in session. The ceremonial weapon is made of steel and gold and is thirty-nine inches long. Read the Entry »