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Powell, C. Kenneth (b. 1939)

Papers, 1964-1982, 1.25 ft.
C. Kenneth Powell was active in the establishment of the modern Republican Party in South Carolina, beginning with his work on Floyd Spence's landmark 1962 campaign for Congress as a Republican. He ran several times for elective office and became chair of the Richland County Republican Party in 1970, organizing the Party's first primary in the county. Powell served the S.C. Republican Party as its chair at a critical time in its development, 1971 to 1974. The election of 1974 was a turning point for the Party, seeing the victory of James B. Edwards, the first Republican governor of the state since Reconstruction.

Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 5 pages)
The collection chiefly documents Powell's political activities as a candidate for public office and chairman of both the Richland County Republican Party and South Carolina Republican Party, 1971-1975.