John C. West Exhibit
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Timeline
John C. West Timeline


1922Born August 27, Camden, S.C.
1942Awarded A.B. degree in political science from The Citadel ,  where he was captain of the debating team.
Entered Army as a Lieutenant, June 10; served until February 22, 1946.
August 29, married Lois Rhame of Camden, S.C.
1945Member, U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, Japan
Awarded Army Commendation Medal.
1946Awarded LL.B. degree from University of South Carolina.
Formed law practice, Murchison & West, Camden, S.C.
1948-52Member, S.C. Highway Commission.
1954Coordinated U.S. Senate campaign of Edgar A. Brown.
1955-66Member, S.C. Senate, representing Kershaw County.
1956Member, Senate Committee studying public school curriculum.
1957-64Member, Senate Committee Investigating Communist Activities.
1959Member, special Senate Committee studying needs of the State Development Board.
1964Member, Governor's Committee to Lend Support to the Nursing Profession.
1965Member, Governor's Committee to Study the Feasibility of Establishing State Supported Junior Colleges.
1966Member, Legislative Committee to Make a Study of the Constitution of South Carolina.
1967-71Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.
1968Member, Governor's Advisory Committee on World Trade.
1969Member, Governor's Advisory Committee on Housing.
1971-75Governor of South Carolina.
1975Announced formation of law firm West, Bendorf, Cooper, Bowen and Quinn with offices in Columbia, Camden, and Hilton Head, S.C.
1977-81U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

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