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1955 Horatio Alger Award Winner

James C. Self*

Greenwood Mills

"Take an interest in your community and give back to it."

James Cuthbert Self was born on a farm. He worked as a laborer and later as a clerk in a rural store to earn money to attend school. He attended Clemson College for one year and later attended business school in Richmond, Virginia. After school, Self became cashier of the Bank of Greenwood. In 1908, he became president and treasurer of the Greenwood Cotton Mill by persuading the manufacturers of machinery to extend credit to the mill for automatic looms and other new equipment. Later, he gained control of other mills in Greenwood. He built churches and schools in Greenwood, South Carolina, and erected the modern Self Memorial Hospital.

* Deceased