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Spence, Floyd D. (1928-2001)

Papers, c. 1928-2001, 74 ft.

Spence served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Lexington County), 1957-1962, when he announced he was leaving the Democratic Party and would run for Congress as a Republican, making him the first notable office holder in SC to switch parties. He went on to represent South Carolina's Second District in Congress from 1971 until his death in 2001.