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James F. Byrnes: A Celebration

Thomas Cooper Library West Gallery
Jun 16, 2009 - Jun 22, 2009
James F. Byrnes: A Celebration. Main Level, West Gallery, June 16-22 This exhibit celebrates the life of James Francis Byrnes (1882-1972), one of South Carolina’s most important sons. The Charleston native’s distinguished career included service in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1911-1925, in the U.S. Senate, 1931-1941, as Supreme Court Justice, 1941-1942, as U.S. Secretary of State and mentor to President Harry S. Truman, 1945-1947, and as Governor of South Carolina, 1951-1955. Byrnes played key roles in Franklin Roosevelt’s wartime administration as head of the Economic Stabilization Office and later the Office of War Mobilization. He was so prominent during this period that he became known as the "Assistant President." The exhibit, mounted with the invaluable help of McKissick Museum, recreates a portion of Mr. Byrnes’ study from his Columbia home, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the James F. Byrnes Foundation. One of Mr. Byrnes’ lasting legacies, the Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 South Carolinians to obtain a college education.