Not everyone was a fan.
Updated: Mar 10
Although the residents of Aiken and its surrounding communities were supportive of the creation of a new county, a strong enough portion of the South Carolina legislature was not in favor of the new development.
In several newspapers, the mention of a new county bill was described as being brought to the legislative floor and then promptly squashed. More research is required to understand why the measures were derailed, but it is possible that the strong powers in Edgefield and Barnwell did not wish to see some of their most profitable cities cut way from their districts.
Above image: The economic losses experienced by Edgefield County when Aiken County was founded - the trade capital of Hamburg, the mills of Graniteville, and the railroad.
The Edgefield Advertiser, March 2, 1871.
In addition to the political and economic losses for the counties that had portions of their geographical regions cut away for the new county, the new residents of Aiken County were not in unanimous consent. For instance, the residents of Graniteville spoke of their discontent in the local paper.
Above image: Not every citizen of the new Aiken County was a fan of the change. The Edgefield Advertiser, September 14, 1871.