Memories of Politics Past

Bevill, left, and Spence, right

The current issue of Statehouse Report included this photo with the caption:

Look closely and see if you can figure out who South Carolina’s own legislative karate man was in Washington.”

Read on for the answer…

Congressman Floyd Spence, a noted athlete from his days on the football and track teams at the University of South Carolina, participated in a karate class made up of members of Congress in the 1970s.  Here he does battle with Congressman Tom Bevill (D-AL) in the “Congressional Grudge Bout” in 1976, sponsored by the World Blackbelt League.  Spence had been one of the first political figures in the state to switch to the Republican Party, in 1962, and represented South Carolina’s Second District in Congress from 1971 until his death in 2001.

The Spence papers are one of almost one hundred collections held by South Carolina Political Collections at the University of South Carolina.

For more information on Floyd Spence, please see his home page or contact us.

Photo and caption originally appeared in the August 6, 2010, issue of Statehouse Report.

–contributed by Dorothy

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