Albert C. Garlington

Annals of Newberry, by John A. Chapman, page 587


General A. C. Garlington was a native of Laurens County; graduated at the University of Georgia; read law, and in 1848 came to Newberry to practlice, having married in Newberry, where he soon made a fine reputation as a lawyer and orator. He was one of the finest and most eloquent speakers I ever listened to.

Albert C. Garlington

He was a candidate for the Legislature in 1850, when the whole district and the State were excited on the Bank question. He took the side of the bank, and was elected by a large majority. He was again elected in 1852. In 1854 he ran for Congress against Preston S. Brooks, and was defeated. He was elected State Senator in 1856, and again in 1860. During the War of Secession he served some months as Major of the Holcombe Legion, until his presence was demanded in the Adjutant-General's office, which he also held. In 1861 he was again elected to the House of Representatives - making three terms in the House and two in the Senate, fourteen years of legislative service. After the war he went to Atlanta, Georgia, remainjng there a few years, and returned to South Carolina, where he lived the remainder of his life.

He died on the 27th day of March, ] 880, having nearly completed his sixty-second year. He was survived by his widow, who was Sallie L. Moon, daughter of Dr. Peter Moon; one daughter, now Mrs. W. Y. Fair, and three sons, Ernest A., who graduated at West Point, at the head of his class, on June 15th, 1870, and was commissioned as second lieutenant in the United States Army and assigned to the Seventh Cavalry, being promoted to first lieutenant on June 26th of the same year. He commanded the expedition sent to the Arctic Sea in 1882 for the relief of Lieutenant Greeley. He was severely wounded in the right arm in, a fight with Indians at Wounded Knee on December 29th, 1890, and shortly afterwards was promoted to the rank of Captain. William M. and Harry H., now living in Newberry County.