Just before Christmas break SCPC lost another of our donors with the passing of James Robert Mann, who represented South Carolina’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 until his retirement in 1979. He is best remembered for his leadership on the House Judiciary Committee as it considered the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
Born in Greenville, Mann served as an officer in the Army during World War II and opened a law practice in Greenville in 1947. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1949 to 1952. In 1953, he was appointed to succeed Robert T. Ashmore as solicitor of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit upon Ashmore’s election to Congress and served two additional full terms. In 1968 Mann was himself elected to Congress.
As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Mann played a key role in the impeachment inquiry into President Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate cover-up and the abuse of Presidential powers. Lee Bandy of The State newspaper wrote that Mann tailored the language of the impeachment articles “to suit the special needs of his southern colleagues and wavering Republicans” and assure support from Democrats and Republicans for impeachment. On July 27, 1974, the Judiciary Committee voted 27 to 11 in favor of impeachment. President Nixon resigned from office on August 9.
James Mann passed away on December 20, 2010.
Please come by and see our memorial exhibits for both Mann and S.C. Representative Harriet Keyserling in the SCPC exhibit gallery on the main floor of the Hollings Library.
Posted by Kate Moore