Wilton E. Hall

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Wilton Earle Hall
United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
November 20, 1944 – January 3, 1945
Preceded by Ellison D. Smith
Succeeded by Olin D. Johnston
Personal details
Born (1901-03-11)March 11, 1901
Starr, South Carolina
Died February 25, 1980(1980-02-25) (aged 78)
Anderson, South Carolina
Political party Democratic

Wilton Earle Hall (March 11, 1901 – February 25, 1980) was a United States Senator from South Carolina.


Born in Starr, South Carolina, he attended the public schools and Furman University (Greenville). He founded a morning newspaper in Anderson, South Carolina in 1924, and in 1929 acquired an evening newspaper; in 1935 he established radio station WAIM-AM. From 1934 to 1938 he was chairman of the South Carolina Planning Board and was appointed, on November 20, 1944, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Ellison D. Smith and served from November 20, 1944, to January 3, 1945. He was not a candidate for election to the full term and resumed the newspaper publishing business as publisher of the Anderson Independent and Daily Mail of South Carolina; he was also founder of television station WAIM-TV in 1953 and owner of radio stations WAIM-AM and WCAC-FM, and was publisher of Quote Magazine.

Hall resided in Anderson, where he died in 1980; interment was in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Ellison D. Smith
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
Succeeded by
Olin D. Johnston