Ball, W. W. (William Watts), 1868-1952

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Journalist, author, and newspaper editor of The News and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) from 1927 to 1951; native of Laurens County, S.C. [in vicinity of Watts Mill, later Wattsville, S.C.].

From the description of W.W. Ball collection, 1932-1953. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 54401934

William Watts Ball (1868-1952) was a conservative newspaper editor, author, and born in Laurens, South Carolina. He attended South Carolina College, graduating in 1887, and shortly thereafter purchased the Laurens Advertiser newspaper. He worked at newspapers throughout South Carolina in the late 1800s and early 1900s, finally becoming managing editor of the Charleston News and Courier in 1927. In addition to his journalism work, Ball also owned stock in at least three textile mills. He was a vocal social conservative who celebrated aristocracy and opposed any form of democratic radicalism and labor organizing. He was also an outspoken white supremist. His South Carolina history, The State That Forgot: South Carolina's Surrender to Democracy (1932), denounced Reconstruction and praised the Red Shirt campaign of 1876. Ball also backed Strom Thurmond and the Dixiecrat Party in 1948.

From the guide to the William Watts Ball papers, 1778-1952, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Newspaper editor and author.

From the description of Papers, 1805-1952. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 17368601

From the description of Papers, 1918-1946. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 32305542

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Rice, James Henry, 1868-1935. Papers, 1885-1935; (bulk 1910-1935). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Gonzales, William E. (William Elliott), 1866-1937. William E. Gonzales papers, 1922-1937. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Allen, Carleton Kemp, Sir, 1887-1966,. Letters to the editors of the Virginia Quarterly Review 1925-1934. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Manning, Richard Irvine, 1859-1931. Richard Irvine Manning papers, 1896-1932. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn McGowan, Samuel, 1819-1897. Samuel McGowan papers, 1803-1977; (bulk, 1845-1904). University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Ball, W. W. (William Watts), 1868-1952. Papers, 1918-1946. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf William Watts Ball papers, 1778-1952 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ball, W. W. (William Watts), 1868-1952. W.W. Ball collection, 1932-1953. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Lane, John Dewey, 1898-1968. John Dewey Lane papers, 1924-1979; (bulk, 1934-1944). University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Molloy, Robert, 1906-1977. Robert Molloy papers, 1929-1976. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Ball, W. W. (William Watts), 1868-1952. Papers, 1805-1952. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Lathan, Robert, 1881-1937. Robert Lathan papers, 1901-1950. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Williams, Jack Kenny, 1920-. Jack Kenny Williams collection, 1920-1963. Clemson University Libraries, Robert Muldrow Cooper Library
referencedIn Watson, Harry Legare, 1876-1956. Harry Legare Watson papers, 1884-1969. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Butler family. Butler family papers, 1889-1910. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
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associatedWith Allen, Frederick Harold, 1890- person
associatedWith Ansel, Martin Frederick, 1850- person
associatedWith Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965. person
associatedWith Butler family. family
associatedWith Byrnes, James Francis, 1879-1972. person
associatedWith Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948. person
associatedWith Dial, Nathaniel Barksdale, 1862-1940. person
associatedWith Evans, John Gary, 1863-1942. person
associatedWith Fleischman, Max C. (Max Charles), 1877-1951. person
associatedWith Gonzales, Ambrose Elliott, 1857-1926. person
correspondedWith Gonzales, William E. (William Elliott), 1866-1937. person
associatedWith Hammond, John Hays, 1855-1936. person
associatedWith Hemphill, J. C. (James Calvin), 1850-1927. person
associatedWith Heyward, Duncan Clinch, 1864-1943. person
correspondedWith Lane, John Dewey, 1898-1968. person
correspondedWith Lathan, Robert, 1881-1937. person
associatedWith Manning, Richard Irvine, 1859-1931. person
correspondedWith McGowan, Samuel, 1819-1897. person
associatedWith Molloy, Robert, 1906-1977. person
associatedWith Phillips, Ulrich Bonnel, 1877-1934. person
associatedWith Rice, James Henry, 1868-1935. person
associatedWith Rutledge, Archibald, 1883-1973. person
associatedWith Smith, Ellison DuRant, 1866-1944. person
associatedWith University of South Carolina corporateBody
associatedWith Wallace, David Duncan, 1874-1951. person
associatedWith Waring, Thomas R. person
correspondedWith Watson, Harry Legare, 1876-1956. person
associatedWith Williams, Jack Kenny, 1920- person
associatedWith Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Columbia (S.C.)
South Carolina
South Carolina--Charleston
South Carolina
United States
Laurens County (S.C.)
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Journalism
Textile industry
World War, 1939-1945
Newspaper editors--Political and social views
Journalist--American
Education
World War, 1914-1918
Newspaper publishing
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Birth 1868

Death 1952

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