Note: P.H. Nelson was born in Camden, S.C., October 3, 1856, his parents being Patrick H. and Emma F. (Cantey) Nelson. The father was graduated from the South Carolina college in 1845, and two years later married the mother of our subject, who was a daughter of James W. Cantey, and a descendant of one of the oldest pioneer families in Sumter county, SC. Patrick Nelson (the father) was a man of great ability and upon his graduation from college he took the highest honors of his class. He became a planter and was engaged in that calling when the late war broke out, when he entered the Confederate service. He was killed near Petersburg in June, 1864, while commanding the Seventh South Carolina battalion. Prior to the war he had been one of the first to be appointed brigadier-general of the South Carolina militia. Mr. P.H.Nelson, Jr., (the son) was educated in the schools of Sumter county and later at Camden, kershaw county, after which he took a course in the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. In 1875, he entered the law office of Judge J. B. Kershaw, and two years later was admitted to the bar. He then became associated with Gen. John D. Kennedy in the practice of his profession and the partnership lasted until 188 In 1885, Mr. Nelson was elected to the legislature to fill an unexpired term, and in 1886 was returned to the house, serving till March 1887, at which time he was appointed solicitor of the Fifth judicial district, and in 1888, at the regular election, was again chosen for that office; his first appointment having been upon the death of his predecesso In November 1878, miss Henrietta Shannon, a daughter of Col. W. M. Shannon, became his wife, and one son has been born to them. Mr. Nelson is a prominent member of the State Bar association, is also a member of the K. of P., is a Master Mason, and a communicant of the Episcopal church. From the book "Cyclopedia of eminent and representative men of the Carolinas of the nineteenth century" Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1892, 1407 pgs.
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