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South Carolina Political Collections supports the study of contemporary government and society by collecting and making available archival materials and oral histories documenting South Carolina government and political activities at the local, state, and national levels, primarily since World War II, and by providing relevant programming for scholars, students, and the public.

Our collections include manuscripts, electronic records, and audiovisual materials documenting the activities of South Carolina’s leaders in Congress and the General Assembly, the state’s political parties, and other individuals and organizations playing substantive roles in politics and government.

PLEASE NOTE: Any collection noted as "closed" is not available for research until its arrangement and description have been completed.

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Walters, Johnnie M. (1919-2014)

Papers, 1918-2003, 7.5 ft.
Johnnie M. Walters began his legal career with the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., in 1949. In 1953, he moved to the private sector and eventually returned to practice law in his native South Carolina. In 1969, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice. He was named Commissioner of Internal Revenue in 1971 and served until 1973. He is best known for his efforts to reorganize the IRS to be more efficient and taxpayer friendly, and for his defiance of President Richard Nixon's orders to use the IRS to investigate and audit those on his "enemies list."