Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Benjamin R. Tillman House

Marker ID: SCHM 19-15
Location: on Pine House Rd (121), north of SC-S-19-176.
County: Edgefield
Coordinates: N 33° 44.819    W 081° 50.819
  33.746983    -81.846983
Style: Free Standing **


Benjamin Ryan "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman (1847-1918), governor of S.C. 1890-94 and U.S. senator 1894-1918, bought this farm just before he left the governor´s office in 1894. He lived here until his death. Tillman, a farmer himself, grew deeply concerned about the economic problems vacing agriculture in S.C. He became politically active in 1885 as the farmers´ principal advocate.

A spirited and controversial orator, Tillman was a champion to the many small farmers who elected him governor in 1890. He called the convention which drew up a new state constitution in 1895 and was also instrumental in establishing Clemson College and Winthrop College and in creating a state liquor dispensary system. He is buried at Ebenezer Church cemetery just south of here.