State Senator Edgar Brown leans in to talk politics with Governor McNair.

Brown, Edgar Allan

July 11, 1888–June 26, 1975


Democrat or Mug-wump: Which will fill seat of great Democratic leader Maybank?

Broadside reprinting letter by A.G. Sloan of Marion, S.C., to the editor of an unidentified newspaper, re: 1954 election for the seat in the U.S. Senate vacated by death of Burnet Rhett Maybank, in which Edgar A. Brown ran against J. Strom Thurmond. Thurmond defeated Brown in the primary, becoming the first person in U.S. history to be elected to a major office by write-in ballot. Originally, the term mugwumps signified Republicans who supported Democratic Party candidate Grover Cleveland in the 1884 Presidential election.

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  • Title Brown, Edgar Allan
  • Coverage July 11, 1888–June 26, 1975
  • Author
  • Keywords Legislator, Graniteville Academy, clerk and head stenographer for the law firm of Colonel Daniel Sutherland Henderson in Aiken, Second Judicial Circuit, Senator Ellison D. “Cotton Ed” Smith, president pro tempore, South Carolina Budget and Control Board, Clemson University Board of Trustees
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
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  • Access Date September 23, 2023
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update July 19, 2022
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