William Jennings Bryan Dorn Endowment
for South Carolina Political Collections

Congressman Dorn in his Washington Office overlooking the United States Capital
Congressman Dorn in his Washington Office
overlooking the United States Capital

The William Jennings Bryan Dorn Endowment benefits South Carolina Political Collectionsand helps fund preservation work on the Dorn Collection and Bryan Dorn graduate assistantships in South Carolina Political Collections. The W. J. B. Dorn Collection is among the finest and most complete Congressional collection preserved anywhere. The materials, forming one of the largest collections ever accepted by the University, document Mr. Dorn's campaigns for office, his life and career in public service, his terms as chair of the state Democratic Party, and his interests outside government. In addition, his collection documents, in a very personal way, the lives and concerns of his constituents.

William Jennings Bryan Dorn

William Jennings Bryan Dorn served in the South Carolina General Assembly as both a representative (1939–40) and as a senator (1941–42). He served as chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party (1980–84), but Mr. Dorn is perhaps best remembered as representative for South Carolina's Third District in the United States Congress (1947-74). An eloquent advocate for South Carolina's interests, Dorn helped organize the informal House Textile Committee around 1961 and served as its secretary. TheDorn Veterans' Hospital in Columbia bears his name, in recognition of his strong advocacy for the interests of America's veterans.

A campaign ad from 1974
A campaign ad from 1974

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