In Memoriam: Judge Sol Blatt, Jr.

Sol Blatt Jr SRS

Sol Blatt, Jr, surveys an Atomic Energy Commission housing compound at the Savannah River Nuclear Site, Barnwell County, early 1950s. (photo from the W.D. Workman papers)

We mourn the passing of our good friend, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sol Blatt, Jr., on Wednesday, April 20th. The Barnwell, S.C., native was the longest-serving judge in the 4th circuit, having been nominated for the court by President Richard Nixon in 1971.  He served as chief judge from 1986 to 1990 and senior judge from 1990 to 2016.

Judge Blatt was the son of a South Carolina powerhouse – long-time Speaker of the state’s House of Representatives, Solomon Blatt.

Blatt Jr on ship

Blatt aboard ship during World War II (photo from the Solomon Blatt papers)

While Judge Blatt gently turned away our many approaches proposing SCPC as the repository for his personal papers, over the years he became a good friend to us, primarily through our work with the papers of his father, and with the collections of his close friends Fritz Hollings and John West.

Among his father’s papers we received some early papers of the son, chiefly letters written home while Sol, Jr., served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (with both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets).

Our condolences go out to Judge Blatt’s family.

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