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Clayton postmaster at Columbia, and he made another Independent the postmaster at Anderson, but his major 1889 South Carolina federal officer appointments were all long time Regulars, one black and three whites: Robert Smalls, the black Civil War naval hero and former congressman, as collector of customs at Beaufort; G. I. S. marshall; E. A. Webster, the soon-to-be state party chairman, as internal revenue collector; From Slavery to Public Life / 17 and T. B. Johnston of Sumter County as customs collector at Charleston.
A son was born in December 1879 (later to become a physician) and a daughter arrived in 1881 (later to marry a Baptist minister). 20 Murray’s hard work behind the plow began to pay off. In 1880 he owned forty-nine acres of tilled land and fifteen acres of woodlands and forests; the land and the farm buildings were valued at $1,500. The farm’s yearly production in 1879 was valued at $650. There were five acres of corn and twenty-one acres of cotton, one milk cow, four pigs, one horse, one mule, one working ox, eight chickens, eight peach trees, and four apple trees.
Webster’s strength and Brayton’s weakness grew even more obvious when the Credentials Committee recommended the seating of all the Webster supporters except those from Berkeley County. Murray protested against giving Brayton even this tidbit. In rebuttal, several speakers accused Murray of having run for Congress on the color line and of now trying to punish Berkeley for not swallowing it. The Brayton delegation from Berkeley County was seated despite Murray’s protest. It was a tiny island in a sea of Webster supporters.
A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow: South Carolina's George Washington Murray by John F. Marszalek