W. Jasper Talbert

William Jasper Talbert (October 6, 1846 – February 5, 1931) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

William Jasper Talbert
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byGeorge D. Tillman
Succeeded byGeorge W. Croft
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Edgefield County
In office
November 25, 1884 – December 24, 1887
Preceded byJames Callison
Succeeded byWilliam Judson Ready
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Edgefield County
In office
November 23, 1880 – December 24, 1883
Mayor of Parksville, South Carolina
In office
Personal details
Born(1846-10-06)October 6, 1846
Edgefield, South Carolina
DiedFebruary 5, 1931(1931-02-05) (aged 84)
Greenwood, South Carolina
Resting placeParksville, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materErskine College
Professionfarmer, politician
Military service
AllegianceConfederate States of America Confederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate States Army
Years of service1864–1865
UnitSouth Carolina Hampton's Legion
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Early lifeEdit

Born near Edgefield County, South Carolina, in Talbert Township in what is now Mccormick County, South Carolina. He attended the common schools in Greenwood then Due West Academy at Abbeville, and graduated from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. He served as a substitute in the Confederate States Army as a private in Company F, Fifth South Carolina Reserves; in place of his father B. M. Talbert, who was discharged December 17, 1862. He reenlisted at Richmond, Virginia, September 15, 1864, as a private in Company B, Infantry Regiment, Hampton Legion of South Carolina. After the war, he engaged in agricultural pursuits near Parksville in McCormick County, South Carolina.

Political careerEdit

He served as member of the State House of Representatives from 1880 to 1883 and in the State Senate from 1884 to 1888. He was appointed as superintendent of the State penitentiary and served from 1891 to 1893. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892. He served as mayor of Parksville 1895–1900. He was president of the Democratic State convention in 1899. Throughout this period he held various positions in the Farmers' Alliance.

Talbert was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903). He 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.

Later lifeEdit

He resumed agricultural pursuits near Parksville, McCormick County, South Carolina. He moved to McCormick, South Carolina, in 1927 and lived in retirement until his death in Greenwood, South Carolina, February 5, 1931. He was interred in Parksville Baptist Church Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "W. Jasper Talbert (id: T000016)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George D. Tillman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
George W. Croft