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West, Governor John C., Mrs. Lois West, and daughter Shelton West Bosley
Related Oral History Transcript (pdf, 93 pages)
In this interview (taped in 1996 and 1997) John West discusses his childhood in rural Kershaw County, his education at The Citadel, his military career, his law school education and legal career, and his career in public service. Among the topics he covers are his thoughts on aspects of the state's development since World War II; his assessment of Fritz Hollings' gubernatorial term as a "watershed" in the style of state politics; his experiences with race relations and the civil rights movement; and details of various political campaigns. He discusses the importance of William Workman's 1962 U.S. Senate campaign to the rise of the Republican Party in the state. He also describes his involvement with the 1960 John F. Kennedy presidential campaign in S.C. Some of his achievements during his career, including the creation of a second medical school in S.C., are detailed here, as well as his duties as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. His career was not without disappointments, however, and West shares some of the frustrations he faced.
Related Oral History Transcript (pdf, 30 pages)
Mrs. West describes her life as wife of John West, particularly as First Lady of South Carolina, 1971-1975, and life in Saudi Arabia as the ambassador's wife, 1977-1981.