The Bridge Builder: Solomon Blatt Reflects on a Lifetime of Service to South Carolina

Sol Blatt (1895-1986) forged a remarkable career of service, and his collection here at SCPC is rich and extensive.  He served as a doughboy in the trenches overseas during World War I, practiced law in Barnwell, and provided sound leadership to South Carolina as a member and long-time Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1937-1946 and 1951-1973).  He also mentored many legislators who became important leaders in their own right–most notably, Fritz Hollings.

Speaker Blatt in his library

George Terry, one-time Director of McKissick Museum and Dean of Libraries, conducted an extensive oral history interview with Speaker Blatt and solicited his collection for the University.  I assisted George in editing the transcript, and in doing so, gained an appreciation for Mr. Blatt’s character and achievements.

The interview was published in a limited edition of 100 copies in 1986 and thus is extremely rare.  SCPC and the Libraries’ Digital Collections recently completed a joint project digitizing this fine interview, making it widely available for the first time.

Contributed by Herb Hartsook

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