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Wyatt Aiken (December 14, 1863 – February 6, 1923) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district. He served for six terms from 1903 to 1917.

Wyatt Aiken
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byAsbury Latimer
Succeeded byFrederick H. Dominick
Personal details
BornDecember 14, 1863
Bibb County, Georgia
DiedFebruary 6, 1923(1923-02-06) (aged 59)
Abbeville, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionCourt reporter
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1898
RankPrivate
UnitFirst South Carolina Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsSpanish–American War

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Early life and familyEdit

Wyatt Aiken was born near Macon, Georgia on December 14, 1863.[1] He was the son of David Wyatt Aiken,[2] who was the 3rd district's representative from 1877 to 1887. He was reared in Cokesbury, Abbeville County (now Greenwood County). After attending the Cokesbury public schools and of Washington, D.C., he served as the official court reporter for the second South Carolina judicial circuit and, later, for the eighth circuit.

During the Spanish American WarEdit

During the Spanish–American War, he volunteered as a private in Company A, First South Carolina Regiment of Infantry. He was appointed battalion adjutant by Governor Ellerbe and acted as regimental quartermaster during the greater portion of his service. On November 10, 1898, he was mustered out in Columbia, South Carolina.[1]

Political careerEdit

Aiken was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1917). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916 and again in 1918.

Death and legacyEdit

Following his retirement, he lived in Abbeville, South Carolina. Aiken died on February 6, 1923.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 4. ISBN 0837932017.
  2. ^ Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson, eds. (1908), Who's who in America, 5, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated, p. 15.

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