Workman, William D., Jr.


Biographical Note:

William D. Workman, Jr. is best remembered for his pivotal role in the emergence of the Republican Party as a viable alternative to the Democratic Party in South Carolina. In 1962, when the Democrats were the dominant political power in the state, he made a serious bid for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Although ultimately unsuccessful, Workman received enough votes to signal to others of like mind that a Republican could win a state-wide race. In his career as a journalist, he wrote for Charleston's Post and Courier and Columbia's The State, becoming editor of the latter in 1966. He was author of several books relating to the South and its politics, including The Case for the South (1960) and The Bishop from Barnwell (1963).

Papers, 1915-1986, 65 ft.

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[Finding aid includes an extended biographical note]





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