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Maj James Henry "Harry" Hammond
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1832
Crane Forest
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 1916
Beech Island
Aiken County
South Carolina, USA

(special thanks to Anna O'Quinn Richter for the following obituary from THE STATE, Columbia, SC, January 9, 1916)

Major Harry Hammond

full of years and honors Major Harry Hammond died, in his sleep, at his home Red Cliff, on Beech Island, last Friday morning. He was, with the exception of J D B DeBow, superintendent of the Seventh United States census, the most eminent statistician South Carolina has ever produced. In an address before the literary societies of South Carolina College in 1849 his brilliant father, the hon J H Hammond, observed that "the practical man is the type not merely of permanence, but of absolute fixidity. The truly practical man is undoubtedly the greatest of all men. to thorough knowledge he adds well directed enterprise; ad works earnestly, manfully, and hopefully for high ad noble ends, with little thought of consequences to himself, " and Harry Hammond was the impersonation of that pen picture. In 1880 he was give the directorship of the national census for South Carolina, a task of great importance and difficulty, owing to the notoriously incorrect and inefficient census of the preceding decade, and his excellent work shows how fit a successor he would have been to DeBow in superintending the census of the United States.

In 1883 the State Board of Agriculture published a hand book of 726 pages, entitled South Carolina Resources and Population, Institutions and Industries." The title page bears the names of the then Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture; but neither title page nor index convey any idea of the originator and editor of the work, the late Luther A Ransom and Major Harry Hammond; however, fate has been kinder than his fellows and the book is known to nine out of ten investigators as "Hammond's Hand-book." There have been valuable hand-books published by the department of agriculture in the last thirty years, but it is safe to say that none compares with Hammond's Handbook. So far as it goes the work is definitive and is the most valuable contribution ever made to the economic history of this State, being far more reliable than were Mills Statistics of 1826.

Major Hammond preserved to the last his keen interest in agricultural affairs. He was an active member of the Beech Island Farmers' Club and "the practical man" who would have been an efficient commissary general of the armies of the Confederacy or superintendent of the United States census, in the last work of his life had prepared a paper on "Peanut Culture: for the benefit of his fellow farmers; and he in his 85th year! South Carolina can ill afford the loss of such splendid citizens, even though they be octogenarians, until she can produce sons who can fill their places. [January 9, 1916 THE STATE, Columbia, SC] 
 
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 Parents:
  James Henry Hammond (1807 - 1864)
  Catherine E. Fitzsimons Hammond (1814 - 1890)
 
 Spouse:
  Emily Harford Cumming Hammond (1834 - 1911)
 
 Children:
  Julia Bryan Hammond Richards (1860 - 1935)*
  Catherine Fitzsimmons Hammond Billings (1867 - 1925)*
  Christopher Cashel Fitzsimons Hammond (1870 - 1946)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Henry Hammond (1832 - 1916)
  Edward Spann Hammond (1834 - 1921)*
  Charles Julius Hammond (1837 - 1837)*
  Paul Fitzsimons Hammond (1838 - 1887)*
  Elizabeth Hammond Eve (1849 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hammond Cemetery
Beech Island
Aiken County
South Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 19, 2010
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Maj James Henry Harry Hammond
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