Benjamin Ryan Tillman

Benjamin Ryan Tillman

Benjamin Ryan Tillman, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right holding the Washington Post, c. 1905. Image from the Library of Congress.

(1847-1918) Benjamin Ryan Tillman was the governor of South Carolina from 1890-1894 who founded what is now Clemson University, regulated the railroads, and helped write a constitution designed to disenfranchise African American citizens with Jim Crow laws.

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