Charles E. Daniel

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Charles Ezra Daniel
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United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
September 6, 1954 December 23, 1954
Preceded by Burnet R. Maybank
Succeeded by Strom Thurmond
Personal details
Born(1895-11-11)November 11, 1895
Elberton, Georgia
DiedSeptember 13, 1964(1964-09-13) (aged 68)
Greenville, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater The Citadel
Military service
Years of service1917 1919
Rank Lieutenant
Battles/wars First World War

Charles Ezra Daniel (November 11, 1895 September 13, 1964) was a United States Senator from South Carolina and founder of Daniel International Corporation. [1]

South Carolina U.S. state in the United States

South Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States and the easternmost of the Deep South. It is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the southwest by Georgia across the Savannah River.

Born in Elberton, Georgia, he moved with his family to Anderson, South Carolina in 1898. He attended the public schools, was a cadet at The Citadel (Charleston) from 1916 to 1918 and during the First World War served as a lieutenant in the infantry from 1917 to 1919. He was a businessman with interests in construction, banking, building supplies, telecommunications, insurance, and airlines, and was a life trustee of Clemson College and a member of the board of South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Elberton, Georgia City in Georgia, United States

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Anderson, South Carolina City in South Carolina, United States

Anderson is a city in and the county seat of Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 26,686 at the 2010 census, and the city was the center of an urbanized area of 75,702. It is one of the principal cities in the Greenville-Anderson--Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 824,112 at the 2010 census. It is further included in the larger Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area, with a total population of 1,266,995, at the 2010 census. Anderson is just off Interstate 85 and is 120 miles (190 km) from Atlanta and 140 miles (230 km) from Charlotte.

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina U.S. military college in Charleston, South Carolina

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina is a public military college in Charleston, South Carolina. Established in 1842, it is one of six United States senior military colleges. It has 18 academic departments divided into five schools offering 29 majors and 38 minors. The military program is made up of cadets pursuing bachelor's degrees who live on campus. The non-military programs offer 10 undergraduate degrees, 24 graduate degrees, as well as online/distance programs with 7 online graduate degrees, 3 online undergraduate degrees and 3 certificate programs.

He and R. Hugh Daniel co-founded Daniel International Construction Corporation, which, at one time, was the largest construction company in the world. The corporation was based in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1963 he was given the "Industrialist of the Year" award by President Kennedy.

Greenville, South Carolina City in South Carolina

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Daniel was appointed, on September 6, 1954, as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Burnet R. Maybank, and served from September 6, 1954, until his resignation December 23, 1954; he was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy. He resumed management of his business interests and in 1964 died in Greenville; interment was in Springwood Cemetery.

Southern Democrats are members of the U.S. Democratic Party who reside in the Southern United States.

Burnet R. Maybank American politician

Burnet Rhett Maybank was a U.S. Senator, the 99th Governor of South Carolina, and Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. He is one of only twenty people in United States history to have been elected mayor, governor, and United States senator. Maybank was the direct descendant of five former South Carolina governors: Thomas Smith, Rawlins Lowndes, Robert Gibbes, James Moore and William Aiken, Jr. and one U.S. Senator, Robert Barnwell Rhett. He was the first governor from Charleston since the Civil War. His son, Burnet R. Maybank Jr., went on to become lieutenant governor of South Carolina and a later candidate for governor. His grandson, Burnet Maybank III, is a notable lawyer.

Springwood Cemetery United States historic place

Springwood Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Greenville, South Carolina, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest municipal cemetery in the state and has approximately 7,700 marked, and 2,600 unmarked, graves.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Burnet R. Maybank
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
September 6, 1954 December 23, 1954
Served alongside: Olin D. Johnston
Succeeded by
Strom Thurmond