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Accession 530

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Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

1000 pieces, .5 linear



Scope and Content Note

The personal papers of Samuel Lowry Latimer, Jr. (1891-1975) include insurance, financial and tax records, various state-related pamphlets, photographs (mainly from The State newspaper) and postcards, and galley proofs of Three Scores and Ten, a history of The State written by Mr. Latimer (published in 1970 under the title The Story of The State and the Gonzales Brothers, see appendix #2). Also included are items of personal and business correspondence of Mr. Latimer and Major McDavid Horton (1884-1941) (editor of The State from 1938 to 1941), various personal items and memorabilia from Mr. Latimer’s two trips abroad, newspaper clippings and articles relating to or published in The State, critiques of The Story of The State and the Gonzales Brothers done by Mrs. Albert D. (May) Oliphant, and several miscellaneous newspaper articles. One of the major subjects of the collection is founding of The State newspapers and the Gonzales Brothers. The Gonzales brothers are Narciso Gener Gonzales (1858-1903), Ambrose Elliott Gonzales (1857-1926), and William Gonzales (1866-1937) and the former two founded The State newspaper in Columbia, SC in 1891. Narciso would later be gunned down on January 15, 1903 (he died four days later) by James H. Tillman. James Tillman was Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina (and nephew of SC Senator Benjamin Tillman) and was a frequent target of criticism by the paper. Tillman would be acquitted by a jury despite many witnesses and received no punishment.


The Samuel L. Latimer, Jr. papers were deposited with the Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections by Mr. George W. Dunlap on October 3, 1983


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Samuel Lowry Latimer, Jr. Papers - Accession 530

LC Subject Headings

Latimer, S. L. (Samuel Lowry), 1891-1975--Archives; Horton, McDavid, 1884-1941--Correspondence; Gonzales, Ambrose Elliott, 1857-1926; Gonzales, Narciso Gener, 1858-1903; Gonzales, William E. (William Elliott), 1866-1937; Tillman, James H., 1869-1911; Authors and publishers--United States; Journalism--South Carolina; American newspapers--South Carolina--History