Charles Daniel co-founded what would become world's largest construction company

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Charles Ezra Daniel (1895-1964), along with R. Hugh Daniel, co-founded the Daniel International Construction Corporation which at one time was the largest construction company in the world.

The corporation, based in Greenville, later merged with the Fluor Co.

Greenville's tallest building, at 35 stories, was constructed in 1968 and is named in Daniel's honor.

Daniel, a Georgia native, attended The Citadel from 1916 to 1918. He served as a lieutenant in the infantry during World War I.

He was a businessman with interests in construction, banking, building supplies, telecommunications, insurance, and airlines, and was a life trustee of Clemson College and a member of the board of South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Daniel was appointed, on September 6, 1954, as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Burnet R. Maybank, and served from September 6, 1954, until his resignation December 23, 1954; he was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy.

He resumed management of his business interests and in 1964 died in Greenville; interment was in Springwood Cemetery.

Abe Hardesty