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Harris, Raymond A. (1927-2016)

Oral History Transcript (pdf, 47 pages)

Raymond Alexander Harris (February 3, 1927 to May 30, 2016) was the former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party; his tenure extended from 1968 to 1971.

Harris served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950 from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

From 1965 to 1968, he was the executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party under chairman Harry S. Dent, Sr. As state chairman in 1970, Harris worked unsuccessfully for the election of the conservative U.S. Representative Albert Watson of South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.

Harris was a delegate to the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, which narrowly nominated Gerald R. Ford, Jr., over Ronald W. Reagan. Harris was a member of the Republican National Committee from South Carolina from 1976 to 1980.

From 1996 to 2003, Harris was the director of economic development in Darlington County, South Carolina.