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Parker, Marshall (1922-2008)

Oral History Transcript (pdf, 68 pages)
In this 2002 interview, Marshall Parker reflects on his public service as state senator from Oconee County, 1956 to 1966, and campaigns for the U.S. Senate, 1966 and 1968. Parker went to UNC and served with the Marines in the Pacific during WWII. He moved to Seneca in 1947, founded Oconee Dairies and operated it from 1950 to 1981. In 1966, Parker joined the Republican Party and ran for the U. S. Senate. He polled 212,000 votes, a remarkable vote in a state that had only in 1961 elected its first Republican state legislator since Reconstruction. Democrat Fritz Hollings was elected to fill the remainder of the term of deceased Senator Olin Johnston with 223,000 votes. Parker tried to build on his success in the 1968 campaign for a full six-year term, but lost 248,000 votes to Hollings' 404,000.