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About The Anderson Intelligencer (Anderson Court House, S.C.) 1860-1914

The Anderson Intelligencer (1860-1917), a weekly newspaper “devoted to politics, literature, news, morals, agriculture, science, and art,” reported on local, national, and statewide events for the residents of rural Anderson County, in the Upstate region of South Carolina, for over fifty years. The first issue appeared on Tuesday, August 14, 1860. In it, editors and publishers James A. Hoyt and John C.C. Featherstone declared that “in our prospectus we announced that we would conduct our paper independent of all parties, factions, or cliques…we are strictly states rights in our constructions of the Constitution,” at once a contradiction in terms and telling evidence of the ideological and political divisions between Northerners and Southerners in the tense years leading up to the Civil War.

Throughout its existence, the Anderson Intelligencer reflected on the economic and political forces transforming Anderson County. Articles titled “Grand ovation to Gov. Hampton!” (April 5, 1877) and “Our political deliverance” (April 12, 1877), both references to former Confederate Army General Wade Hampton, convey the triumphant mood of many white Carolinians with the return of the so-called Bourbons, or antebellum leaders, to political power in 1877. The later decades of the 19th century saw the citizens of Anderson County invest in and develop their energy infrastructure with such vigor as to earn the town of Anderson the approbation “Electric City.”

Several persons responsible for producing the newspaper played significant roles in the history of the Upstate region. James A. Hoyt, who edited the Anderson Intelligencer in 1860-77, served as chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee, president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and a trustee of Furman University (a Baptist-affiliated college in Greenville, South Carolina). Hoyt’s successor, Edward Bobo Murray, served as chair of the Anderson Democratic Party (1878-90), president of the Western Carolina and North Georgia Railroad (1891-94), South Carolina Representative (1878-83), and as South Carolina Senator (1886-89). The Anderson Intelligencer adhered closely to the conservative political and social views of its editors. The paper staunchly supported the South Carolina Democratic Party, criticized the state’s dispensary system of liquor sales, and promoted temperance. Through several decades, it also regularly featured the humorous letters and reminiscences of a backwoodsman named Bill Arp, who in reality was Charles Henry Smith, a journalist for the Atlanta Constitution.

The Anderson Intelligencer changed titles and publication frequencies several times in the course of its existence. The publishers only suspended publication once, during the Civil War (Hoyt and Featherstone both served in the Confederate army). In January 1914, the publishers turned it into a daily newspaper called the Anderson Daily Intelligencer. They also issued a semiweekly edition for several years, beginning in March 1914. In May 1915, the titled was changed to the Intelligencer. In 1917, the paper had a circulation of 2,860, smaller than that of another weekly Anderson newspaper, the Daily Mail. The Intelligencer ceased publication sometime that year, for reasons unknown. The last available issue is from June 30, 1916.

Provided By: University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

About this Newspaper


  • The Anderson Intelligencer (Anderson Court House, S.C.) 1860-1914

Other Title

  • Intelligencer

Dates of Publication

  • 1860-1914

Created / Published

  • Anderson Court House, S.C. : J.C.C. Featherston and James A. Hoyt, 1860-[1914]


  • -  Anderson (S.C.)--Newspapers
  • -  Anderson County (S.C.)--Newspapers
  • -  South Carolina--Anderson
  • -  South Carolina--Anderson County
  • -  United States--South Carolina--Anderson--Anderson


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Aug. 14, 1860)-
  • -  Ceased in 1914?
  • -  Published as: Intelligencer, .
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Anderson daily intelligencer (DLC)sn 93067669 (OCoLC)27828051


  • volumes

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn84026965

OCLC Number

  • 10791998

ISSN Number

  • 2163-4394

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The Anderson Intelligencer Anderson Court House, S.C. 1860 to 1914. (Anderson, SC), Jan. 1 1860.

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(1860, January 1) The Anderson Intelligencer Anderson Court House, S.C. 1860 to 1914. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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The Anderson Intelligencer Anderson Court House, S.C. 1860 to 1914. (Anderson, SC) 1 Jan. 1860. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,