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Hampton, Wade

Wade Hampton, known as the "Savior of the South", was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1818. Even though he studied law at the University of South Carolina, he did not enter the practice of law but rather chose to devote his time to managing his extensive estates. He was accepted as a brigadier in the General Confederate Army in 1862, after serving as a member of the South Carolina legislature from 1852 to 1861. His promotion to Major General came in 1863. He later became the Lieutenant General in 1865. After the war he was elected as the Governor of South Carolina in 1876 and reelected in 1878. Hampton served in the U.S. Senate from 1879 to 1891. He became the Federal Commissioner of Railroads before dying in 1902.