The Tillman Movement in South Carolina

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CHAPTER V
THE ELECTION OF 1890

As there was little chance of influencing further the hold-over legislature of 1889, the executive committee of the Farmers' Association resolved not to hold a meeting in the fall of that year. Instead, a convention of the farmers and their supporters was called to meet after the adjournment of the legislature for the purpose of effecting plans through which the conventions and elections scheduled for the summer and fall of 1890 might be captured. Tillman, with the aid of G. W. Shell1 and John L. M. Irby,2 two sagacious and popular leaders of Laurens County, prepared an address and program for this convention. He was induced to abandon his pledge not to become a candidate for public office, in order that he might be presented to the convention as a suitable candi

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Shell's popularity was based on the fact that he was genial and capable, that he had served as a Confederate soldier, had been suspected of being involved in the killing of Crews, a political renegade, and had long served as clerk of court of Laurens County.
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Irby's prestige rested on the fact that he came from a good family and was possessed of an attractive and over-mastering personality.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Portraits xii
  • Chapter I - The Background 3
  • Chapter II - Early Life of Tillman 23
  • Chapter III - The Emergence of Tillman 51
  • Chapter IV - The Farmers in Politics 70
  • Chapter V - The Election of 1890 103
  • Chapter VI - Tillman's First Administration 135
  • Chapter VII - Tillman's Re-Election and Second Administration 158
  • Chapter VIII - The Dispensary 185
  • Chapter IX - The Constitutional Convention 203
  • Chapter X - The After Effects of Tillmanism 229
  • Bibliography 247
  • Index 263
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