Spence, Floyd D.
Biographical Note:This large collection primarily documents Floyd Davidson Spence's tenure serving South Carolina's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971-2001, where he chaired the Committee on National Security, later renamed the Committee on Armed Services (1995-2000). Spence served in the S.C. House of Representatives (Lexington County) from 1957-1962, when he announced he was leaving the Democratic Party and would run for Congress as a Republican, making him the first notable office holder in S.C. to switch parties. He served as minority leader in the S.C. Senate from 1966-1970.
Papers, c. 1928-2001, 74 ft.
Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 65 pages)
(Finding aid includes an extended biographical note)