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Wyatt Aiken
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1917
Preceded by Asbury Latimer
Succeeded by Frederick H. Dominick
Personal details
Born December 14, 1863
Bibb County, Georgia
Died February 6, 1923(1923-02-06) (aged 59)
Abbeville, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Profession Court reporter
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1898
Rank Private
Unit First South Carolina Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Spanish–American War

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.

Early life and family[edit | edit source]

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 War[edit | edit source]

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 career[edit | edit source]

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 legacy[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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". Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated. p. 15. https://books.google.com/books?id=eX0QOpl7iBQC&pg=PA15. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Asbury Latimer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Frederick H. Dominick

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