Elliott Crayton McCants

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Elliott Crayton McCants
Elliott Crayton McCants (1904).jpg
E. Crayton McCants circa 1904
Born(1865-09-02)September 2, 1865
DiedOctober 23, 1953(1953-10-23) (aged 88)
OccupationAuthor, educator

Elliott Crayton McCants (September 2, 1865 – October 23, 1953), was an American author and educator from South Carolina.

McCants was born outside Ninety Six, South Carolina in 1865,[1] and graduated from The Citadel in 1886.[2]

McCants published his first short story in the New York Evening Post in 1898, and subsequently published many stories in other popular magazines of the day, as well as writing a column for local newspapers. His writings also include the Reconstruction Era novel In the Red Hills (1904),[3][4] One of the Grayjackets and Other Stories (a short story collection) (1908),[5] Histories, Stories, and Legends of South Carolina (1927), White Oak Farm (1928), and Ninety Six (1930). Much of his writing was set in South Carolina.[6]

He retired from teaching in the late 1940s, having long served as the superintendent of schools for Anderson, South Carolina.[7]

In 1996, he was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors.[8]


  1. ^ (26 March 1904). About Authors, The New York Times
  2. ^ Epps, Edwin C. Literary South Carolina, p. 70 (2004)
  3. ^ (13 June 1904). News of the Book World, Minneapolis Journal
  4. ^ (7 May 1904). A Tale of Carolina (book review), The New York Times
  5. ^ Library of Southern Literature, Volume 15, p. 272 (1919)
  6. ^ McCants, Clyde (3 November 1994). Elliott Crayton McCants left a written legacy, The Herald-Independent (Winnsboro, South Carolina) (note that this article is written by McCants' grandson from personal recollections)
  7. ^ (28 October 1953). Elliott Crayton McCants, News and Courier
  8. ^ The South Carolina Academy of Authors - Our Literary Hall of Fame with Year of Induction, http://scacademyofauthors.org/scaa.inductees.html, Retrieved 29 August 2013

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