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Mr. Bettis C. Rainsford, the historian of the Edgefield County Historical Society, will address the life and times of James Hammond “Jim” Tillman (1868-1911).
He will put Mr. Tillman into the context of Edgefield’s famous Tillman family and then discuss Tillman’s early life and education, his years at Georgetown University, his early career as a journalist, his service in the Spanish-American War, his political career, the 1902 gubernatorial race, the Tillman-Gonzales affair and subsequent trial, his fight with tuberculosis and his travels to the west, his role as a member of the Presbyterian Church and his death and burial.
Special attention will be given to his wife, Mamie Norris Tillman (1875-1962), and to her long and valuable contributions to her beloved Edgefield.
Refreshments will be served.