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Charles Boineau Jr.

Boineau, Charles E., Jr. (1995)

Interview Transcript:
Charles E. Boineau served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1961-1962. He was the first Republican elected to the House since Reconstruction, and his election heralded the emergence of a viable and active Republican Party in the state. This 1995 interview begins with Boineau's personal history, the formation of his political ideology, and his experiences at The Citadel. Boineau recounts how he and others worked to promote a Republican Party presence in the 1960s and how his 1961 special election to the House paved the way for the emergence of the modern state Party. His description of the events that surrounded his election include personal anecdotes involving figures such as Strom Thurmond, Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, Floyd Spence, Joe Berry, Olin Johnston, Drake Edens, and Bill Workman. Boineau also describes his admiration for national Republican figures such as Barry Goldwater, and he goes into great detail about the S.C. Democratic Party's enforcement of the "loyalty oath" and the "full-slate law."

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Chapman, Robert (2002) 

Leader in the Republican Party of South Carolina

Cooksey, Jesse L. (2001) 

Leader in the Republican Parties of S.C. and Spartanburg County

Martha Edens

Edens, Martha (2000)

Interview Transcript:
Martha Edens has been a well-known Republican figure in the state since the 1950s. She has served as National Committeewoman for South Carolina and as Chair of the Richland County Republican Party. Her brother, J. Drake Edens, Jr. served as state Party chairman from 1963-1965.

In this 2000 interview, Ms. Edens talks about her leadership roles in her sorority and community organizations. She explains how she became involved in politics and the Republican Party because she inherited her father's ideology and observed the activities of her brother, who has been credited with creating the structure of the state Party. She describes the resurgent Party's early days and its members, many of whom would become heavily involved in S.C. politics. Ms. Edens comments on state Republican figures including Charles Boineau, Gayle Averyt, Bill Workman, and Carroll Campbell. She shares a particular fondness for Congressman Floyd Spence and Senator Strom Thurmond, as well as her admiration for current notables Congressman Joe Wilson and Governor Mark Sanford. She describes numerous campaign operations and many of the Republican National Conventions she attended, including those in 1972 and 1996. Ms. Edens discusses her brother's commitment to the Party, as well as why she feels the Republican Party is welcoming to women, the obstacles she has faced as a woman involved in politics, and her thoughts on women's political involvement.

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Thomas Harrington Pope, Jr.

Pope, Thomas Harrington, Jr. (1995)

Interview Transcript:
In this 1995 interview, Thomas H. Pope discusses his education at The Citadel and University of South Carolina School of Law in the 1930s. He also comments on political campaigns and his service in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1937-1940, and 1946-1950, and as Chairman of the state Democratic Party, 1958-1960.

 

Riley, Edward P. "Ted" (1986-1987, 1989-1991)

Interview Transcript:
In this 1995 interview, Thomas H. Pope discusses his education at The Citadel and University of South Carolina School of Law in the 1930s. He also comments on political campaigns and his service in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1937-1940, and 1946-1950, and as Chairman of the state Democratic Party, 1958-1960.

Ted Riley

An attorney for the Greenville County School Board, he discusses his involvement with the school integration lawsuits and his respect for fellow attorney, the Honorable Matthew Perry.

Riley established relationships with many South Carolina politicians active in the 1950s, such as James Byrnes, Sol Blatt, Edgar Brown, and Strom Thurmond. He shares anecdotes about their personal, professional, and political careers. He also discusses his role in the 1960 John F. Kennedy presidential campaign in South Carolina.

Riley was the father of former governor Richard W. "Dick" Riley and retired from the U.S. attorney's office to work on his son's gubernatorial campaign. He discusses in detail Dick's youth, political foundation in the state Senate, campaign for Governor, his time in office, and his accomplishments.

Riley also explains how South Carolina politics changed over the thirty years of his involvement and offers his opinion on recent elections. He also spends some time in the beginning and in the end of the interview detailing his personal background and the history of the Riley family.

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Ross, Daniel I. Jr. (2001)

Interview Transcript:
In this 2001 interview, Daniel I. Ross, Jr. reflects on his life and particularly his activity in the Republican Party in South Carolina. A Blackville area native, Ross was educated at the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas, maintains the family farm, and is retired from the E.I. DuPont Company, where he was employed as a staff engineer chiefly responsible for environmental monitoring. Ross became active in the Party in the early 1950s, served as County Chair, State Executive Committeeman, 2nd District Chair, managed Jim Henderson's 1970 bid for Lieutenant Governor, Deputy State Chairman of the Nixon Presidential Campaign, District Campaign Chair for Strom Thurmond's 1972 reelection campaign, Chaired James B. Edwards 1974 gubernatorial primary campaign and co-chaired Edwards' successful general election campaign, and played a leading role in George Bush's 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. He served as Party chairman from 1976 to 1980. As chair, he vigorously expanded the Party's base outside its strongholds in the upstate and Lexington County and worked to win offices at lower levels of government as well as targeting statewide and Congressional offices.

Shorey, Gregory D. (2001)

Leader in the Republican Party of South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

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