Wyatt Aiken

Wyatt Aiken (* December 14, 1863 in Macon, Georgia, † February 6, 1923 in Abbeville, South Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1903 and 1917 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Wyatt Aiken was the son of D. Wyatt Aiken (1828-1887), who had been sitting 1877-1887 for South Carolina in Congress. Wyatt grew up in Cokesbury (South Carolina). There and in Washington, D.C. He attended the public schools. Later he became a court stenographer ( court reporter ) in South Carolina. In 1898, the Spanish-American War, he took part.

Politically, Aiken was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1902 he was selected in the third constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Asbury Latimer on 4 March 1903. After six re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1917 seven contiguous legislatures. At this time there were the 16th and the 17th Amendment, discussed and adopted. It was about the nationwide income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators.

In 1916, he was not prepared by his party for another term. In 1918 he again sought unsuccessfully to his party's nomination for the congressional elections. He then retired to his retirement. Wyatt Aiken died on 6 February 1923 in Abbeville.