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Governor Franklin J. Moses, Jr. (1838-1906): photograph, top hat, paperweight, and inaugural address
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Franklin J. Moses, Jr. (1838–1906)
From composite photo titled “Radical Members of the So. Ca. Legislature,” ca. 1875
Photograph courtesy of the South Carolina Historical Society

Top hat of Franklin J. Moses Jr. ca. 1870
Beaver skin
South Carolina State Museum

Paperweight
Inscribed: “F. J. Moses, Jr.”
ca. 1870
marble
South Carolina State Museum

Inaugural Address delivered by Franklin J. Moses, Jr.
Columbia, S.C., 1872

Like his mother and his wife, Franklin J. Moses, Jr., was a practicing Christian. He was tarred, nevertheless, with an anti-Semitic brush once he allied with the Radicals. The scurrilous legend inscribed around the photo shown here, for example, reads “Judas Moses who raised the Confederate flag on Fort Sumter.” Reviled as a traitor to the South, he was denounced for fraud, corruption, and consorting with blacks.

To distance themselves from the “robber governor,” members of the Moses family changed their surnames to DeLeon and Harby. After falling from power, Franklin Moses, Jr., sought asylum in the North and died in poverty in Worcester, Massachusetts, an apparent suicide.

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