James Haskell Hope

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James Haskell Hope
James Haskell Hope
10th South Carolina Superintendent of Education
In office
1922–1945
Preceded by John E. Swearwingen
Succeeded by Jesse T Anderson
Personal details
Born Sept. 22 1874
Hope Station, Pomaria, South Carolina, USA
Died 18 Jan 1952 Columbia, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Wilhelmina Grimsley
Occupation Politician, Schoolteacher
James Haskell Hope

James Haskell Hope (September 22, 1874 - January 18, 1952) was the longest-serving Superintendent of Education in the state of South Carolina, from 1922 until 1945.

Hope School in 2006

Friends called him "Bud." In 1925, Hope and his siblings J.J. Hope and Mary Hope Hipp paid for and donated 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land to the Rosenwald Fund.[citation needed] This became the Hope Rosenwald School. James Hope is known for his defending of the rights of African Americans before and during his term in office.

Hope Station[edit]

James Haskell Hope was born in Hope Station, the tract of land that Hope's German ancestor had built and maintained. It was called Hope Station because of the local train station called by the same name. Hope Station began as a stopping point on the old Greenville and Columbia Railroad, built around 1850. The line also included stops in Peak, Pomaria, Prosperity, Newberry and Silverstreet.[citation needed]

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Superintendent of Education[edit]

Hope was elected to be the South Carolina Superintendent of Education in 1922. During Hope's reign, African-Americans were awarded high school diplomas for the very first time. Also, a teacher retirement plan was created, an attendance law passed, and the 12th grade introduced in South Carolina. James Haskell Hope was a member of the Democratic Party.

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