Floyd D. Spence Exhibit

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Floyd Davidson Spence Timeline

1928 Born April 9, Columbia, S.C., to James Wilson and Addie Jane Lucas Spence.
1947 Graduated from Lexington High School, where he achieved "All-State" honors in football and played in the Shrine Bowl Game.
1952 Awarded A.B. degree in English from the University of South Carolina.

Commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve during the Korean Conflict. [He retired as a Captain in 1988.]

December 22, married Lula Hancock Drake [d. 1978].
1956 Earned Bachelor of Laws degree from the USC School of Law; replaced with the degree of Juris Doctor in 1970.

Began practicing law as a partner in the firm Callison and Spence, West Columbia.

Elected as a Democrat to represent Lexington County in the S.C. House of Representatives.
1962 Joined the Republican Party and campaigned for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1966 Elected to the S.C. Senate as a Republican.
1970 Elected to serve the 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1978 Awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor James B. Edwards.
1987 Inducted into the Lexington County High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
1988 July 3, married Deborah Ellen Williams of Columbia.
1991 Awarded honorary degree from USC.
1995-2000 Chairman, House Committee on Armed Services [renamed Committee on National Security, 1995-1998].
1996 Floyd Spence Wing of the Lexington Medical Center Extended Care Facility dedicated on September 3.

The Congressman Floyd D. Spence United States Army Reserve Center at Ft. Jackson (Columbia, S.C.) dedicated on November 4.
2000 Congressman Spence given Keeper of the Flame award by the Center for Security Policy.
2001 August 16, Congressman Spence died from complications following the removal of a subdural hematoma while being treated for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

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