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William Jennings Bryan Dorn Endowment for South Carolina Political Collections

This endowment benefits South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) and helps fund preservation of the Dorn Collection. It also provides support for a Bryan Dorn Graduate Assistantship and a Bryan Dorn Research Award for work with the collection, as well as support for projects related to the Collection.

Congressman Dorn in his Washington Office overlooking the United States Capital
 Congressman Dorn in his Washington Office
overlooking the United States Capital

The William Jennings Bryan Dorn Collection

The W. J. B. Dorn Collection is one the finest and most complete Congressional collections preserved anywhere. The materials, forming one of the largest collections ever accepted by the University, document Mr. Dorn's campaigns for office, his life and career in public service, his terms as chair of the state Democratic Party, and his interests outside government. In addition, his collection documents, in a very personal way, the lives and concerns of his constituents.

A campaign ad from 1974
A campaign ad from 1974 

William Jennings Bryan Dorn

William Jennings Bryan Dorn (1916-2005) served in the South Carolina General Assembly as both a representative (1939–40) and as a senator (1941–42). He served as chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party (1980–84), but Mr. Dorn is perhaps best remembered as representative for South Carolina's Third District in the United States Congress (1947-74). An eloquent advocate for South Carolina's interests, Dorn helped organize the informal House Textile Committee around 1961 and served as its secretary. The Dorn Veterans' Hospital in Columbia bears his name, in recognition of his strong advocacy for the interests of America's veterans.

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Updated: 9/8/2017