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SC State Senator Catlet Connor

Early Ninety Six resident Catlet Connor, son of William Connor and Ann Buckner Connor, arrived in Ninety Six from Virginia along with Catlets uncle Reverend John Waller, who brought the family here in 1793. Catlet settled not far from the Town of Cambridge (now National Park Ninety Six Star Fort area) along the original Martin town Road in the early 1800’s. He lived on what is todays Hwy 248 S, just past Paysinger Road. His house was later owned by the Paysinger family, later the Kinard family, and is still standing today.

Catlet owned a blacksmith shop on the property and is said to have owned the first cotton gin in these parts. His shop was a gathering place for many local residents and it is said that Catlet loved to speak and expound on politics.

From 1818 to 1824 Mr. Connor was a representative from the Edgefield District (Ninety Six was once a part of Edgefield and Abbeville counties)  in the South Carolina State legislature where he earned his nickname “The Learned Blacksmith”. In 1826 Connor made a run for the South Carolina State Senate in 1826 against Eldred Simkins, a wealth and very prominent attorney of Edgefield.  Despite his limited finances, “the Learned Blacksmith” won the election.

State Senator Connor passed away in 1832 near the end of his first term and it buried in the Waller gravesite off Scotch Cross Road.

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