Wilton E. Hall

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Wilton Earle Hall
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United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
November 20, 1944 – January 3, 1945
Preceded by Ellison D. Smith
Succeeded by Olin D. Johnston
Personal details
Born (1901-03-11)March 11, 1901
Starr, South Carolina
Died February 25, 1980(1980-02-25) (aged 78)
Anderson, South Carolina
Political party Democratic

Wilton Earle Hall (March 11, 1901 – February 25, 1980) was a United States Senator from South Carolina.

Biography[edit]

Born in Starr, South Carolina, Hall attended the public schools and Furman University (Greenville). He founded a morning newspaper in Anderson, South Carolina in 1924, and in 1929 acquired an evening newspaper; in 1935 he established radio station WAIM. From 1934 to 1938 he was chairman of the South Carolina Planning Board and was appointed, on November 20, 1944, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ellison D. Smith and served from November 20, 1944, to January 3, 1945. Hall was not a candidate for election to the full term; in fact, Smith had already been defeated for re-election and was only serving out the remainder of his prior term. Hall resumed the newspaper publishing and broadcasting business as publisher of the Anderson Independent and Daily Mail of South Carolina; he was also later founder of television station WAIM-TV in 1953 and founder and owner of radio station WCAC-FM in addition to WAIM. He was also publisher of Quote Magazine.

Hall resided in Anderson, where he died in 1980; interment was in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

References[edit]

United States Senate
Preceded by
Ellison D. Smith
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
1944–1945
Succeeded by
Olin D. Johnston