Located at 229 Avenue E in Darlington, the Edmund H. Deas House was named after Edmund H. Deas, who moved to Darlington in 1870. Known as the “Duke of Darlington,” Deas was a very active Republican and served as the county chair of the South Carolina Republican Party in 1884 and 1888. He was delegated to the Republican National Conventions in 1888, 1896, 1900, and 1908. He lived in the home until his death in 1915.
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Hmm, just wondering if Mr. Deas was part and parcel with the Reconstruction the north shoved down Southerners’ throats after the War for Southern Independence? Arrived in Darlington in 1870–very timely. “Very active Republican” is another possible (probable?) clue. Was he simply a Damnyankee carpetbagger who preyed upon the defeated, often disenfranchised populace? More info? Enquiring minds want to know!