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1862-1953. Industrialist, philanthropist, Citadel benefactor. Originally from Winnsboro, S.C., Joseph D. Aiken made a fortune in industry. At his death in 1953 he bequeathed a large part of his estate, amounting to $750,000, to The Citadel because he admired the institution. The bequest enabled the reclamation of college-owned marshlands, doubling the size of the campus. (Sources: "J. D. Aiken, Industrialist, Dies at 91," News and Courier, August 28, 1953, pp. 1A, 5A; "$750,000 Is Willed to The Citadel," News and Courier, September 5, 1953, p. 1; "Mr. Aiken's Bequest to The Citadel,"News and Courier, September 6, 1953, p. 4A; "Citadel Willed $750,000; Money Left for Expanding Campus," Alumni News vol. 11, no. 1 (September 1953): 16) (DH)

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