Harvin Collection Now Open For Research

“Harvin was a true public servant. He worked tirelessly for the people of his beloved Clarendon County. He knew every last person in the district and would be the first person they’d hear from on birthdays, anniversaries, and just about any significant event.” – State Democratic Party Chairman Joe Erwin, upon Harvin’s death in 2005

Harvin in 1976

This quote perfectly sums up Alex Harvin. He was active in politics at a young age, serving as president of the Young Democrats at Baptist College. In 1976, he won his first election to the SC House of Representatives only four days before graduating from Augusta Law School.

In his 29 years of service to the people of District 64, he served as Majority Whip, Majority Leader, and then became Majority Leader Emeritus. Harvin also sat on the Joint Agriculture Study Committee, the Labor, Commerce, & Economic Development Committee, and the House Subcommittee on Higher Education.

He was given the “Freshman Legislator of the Year” award by the Young Democrats of the University of South Carolina in 1977 and received a Distinguished Service Award from the South Carolina Democratic Party in 1981. Harvin was given the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, by Governor Mark Sanford in July, 2005.

In October, 2005, at the age of 55, Harvin passed away from a long illness. In a special election on February 14, 2006, his wife Cathy took over his seat.

The Harvin Collection includes correspondence from his constituents, agendas and minutes from committee meetings, articles he wrote for local newspapers, and papers from his personal life and family.

Find out about the journey this collection has taken since it arrived at SCPC and my role in getting it ready for its public debut.

-Virginia W. Blake

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