Aiken, William Sr.
Among the many noted individuals who are descendants of the Clan Akins
may be counted William Aiken, Sr. and Jr. of Charelesto, South Carolina.
The elder Aiken, born in Co. Antrim, Ireland, emigrated to the United
States with his family in the 1780's and through his career as a
merchant and plantation owner he became one of the wealthiest men in the
country, later serving as the founding president of the South Carolina
Canal and Railroad Company which operated America's first steam-powered
passenger locomotive, the "Best Friend" of Charleston, which first
roared into service in the year 1830. He died in 1831 when the horse
pulling his carriage ran astray in the streets of Charleston. The town
of Aiken, South Carolina, was named in his memory.
William Aiken, Jr., his father's only surviving child and heir, was born
in Charleston in 1806. He served in the South Carolina legislaturefrom
1838 to 1842, and in the State Senate from 1842 to 1844. He was elected
Governor of South Carolina in 1844, and in 1851 was elected to Congress
where he served for three terms before his loyalty to the South during
the American Civil War ended his career as a federal politician.
James Cox Aikins, was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1823. Educated at
Victoria College in Cobourg, he served as a member of the Canadian
Assembly from 1854 to 1861. Twice elected as Secretary of State, he
framed the Public Land Act of 1872 and organized the Dominion Lands
Bureau, which was instrumental in the settling of western Canada. In
1882 he was elected as the 4th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, serving
in that office until 1888, and later served in the Senate from 1896
until his death in 1904.
Sir James Albert Manning
Sir James Albert Manning Aikins, the son of James Cox Aikins, was born
in Grahamsville, Ontario, in 1851. Educated at Upper Canada College and
the University of Toronto, he began his career as an attorney and in
1879 was appointed Counsel for the Department of Justice. He held the
title of Honary Bursar at the University of Manitoba from 1887 to 1916,
and served as the first president of the Canadian Bar Association from
1914-1929. He received a Knighthood in 1914 and from 1916 to 1926 he
served as the 9th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
Thomas Eakins, one of the greatest American realist painters of the late
19th century, was born in Pjiladelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1844, to
parents of Ulster-Scots descent. Eakins taight at the Philadelphia
Academy, where he helped develop photographic techniquesfor capturing
the movements of the human body which anticipated the development of
Frank Aiken, born in Co. Armagh, Ireland, in 1898, became devoted to the
cause of Irish political independence from Great Britain at an early
age. Joining the Irish Volunteers at 16, he rose to the position of
Chairman of the Armagh branch of Sinn Fein and served on the Armagh
County Council and during the War for Independence he commanded the 4th
Northern Division of the Irish Republican Army. Along with Eamon de
Valara he co-founded the Fianna Fail, then the largest political party
in Ireland. He went on to serve as I.R.A. Chief of Staff from 1923 to
1925, and as Foreign Minister and deputy Prime Minister from 1951 to
Zoe Akins was a well known Scottish-American screen-writer, poet, and
novelist. The daughter of a Missouri political leader, Zoe Akins was
born in Humansville, Missouri, in 1886. Her works included "Declasse,"
"The Greeks Had a Word For It," "Forever Young," and "The Old Maid" for
which she won the Pulitzer Prize for best screenplay in 1939.
Conrad Potter Aiken is remembered as a great American poet, novelist and
literary critic. Born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1889, Aiken lived most of
his life in Massachusetts, where he was raised by relatives after the
deathsof his parents. Aiken attended Harvard University, where he became
friends with T.S. Elliot, whose writings were to influence his own
works. His "Selected Poems" won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. From
1950 to 1952 Aiken held the poetry chair at the Library of Congress. He
was awarded the National Medal for Literature in 1969.
Howard Hathaway Aiken, born in 1900, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Educated at
Harvard University where he received his Doctorate in 1939. He invented
the Harvard Mark I in 1944, the forerunnerof the modern relectronic
digital computer. The Mark I was used by the U.S. Navy for work in
gunnery, ballistics and design. The receipent of many awards for his
service, Aiken completed an improved all electronic Mark II in 1947.
Claude Akins was a well-known Scottish-American motion picture and
television actor. Born in 1926 in Nelson, Georgia, he later moved with
his family to Bedford, Indiana, where he grew up. Graduating in 1949
from Northwestern University where he majored in theater, Akins appeared
in more than 50 motion pictures including "From Here to Eternity," "The
Cain Mutiny," and "Inherit the Wind."
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