McMillan, Thomas S. & Clara G.

1888-1939 & 1894-1976

Biographical Note:

Thomas Sanders McMillan represented Charleston in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1917 to 1925, serving his last two terms as Speaker Pro Tem and Speaker. He was then elected to represent the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He died in office in 1939, whereon constituents elected his wife, Clara Gooding, to complete his unexpired term. Clara did not run for re-election in 1940, but stayed in Washington and served in the National Youth Administration and, later, the Office of Government Reports and Office of War Information. In 1946, she was appointed to be a Congressional Liaison Officer for the Department of State and served in that capacity for over a decade.

Papers, c. 1870-1980, .75 ft.

Collection Finding Aid   (pdf, 4 pages)

[Finding Aid includes extended biographical notes]

Congressional Biographical Directory for Thomas

Congressional Biographical Directory for Clara





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