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Blatt, Solomon (1895-1986)

Papers, 1918-1986, 20 ft.

Sol Blatt's legislative career in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Barnwell County) spanned more than half a century, 1933-1986. He served as Speaker 1937-1946 and 1951-1973. At the time of his death in 1986, he was honored as the country's longest-serving state legislator by the Council of State Governments in Lexington, Ky.

Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 25 pages)
The collection documents Blatt's personal life, legal practice, and legislative career. In addition, there are photographs, loose newspaper clippings and forty-one scrapbooks, and papers relating to the life and career of son and federal judge Solomon Blatt, Jr.

Solomon Blatt: In His Own Words:
A digitized collection of documents from the Blatt Papers detailing his career in public service.

The Bridge Builder: Solomon Blatt Reflects on a Lifetime of Service to South Carolina (1986):
This remarkable book is a collection of oral histories conducted with Speaker Blatt and published by McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina in a limited edition. Blatt forged a remarkable career of service. 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.

Memory Hold the Door (USC Law School)