The Governor Thomas Gordon McLeod and First Lady Elizabeth Alford McLeod Visiting Research Fellowship


This award will be offered for the Summer of 2014. Applications will be accepted through January 31st.

A permanently endowed research fellowship was established in 2001 as a tribute to Governor Thomas Gordon McLeod and First Lady Elizabeth Alford McLeod by the family of Governor and Mrs. McLeod in recognition of their contributions to the Palmetto State. "South Carolina will remember Tom McLeod, whose administration spanned the trying years 1923-27, as one of the state's most progressive and withal practically useful governors. He gave to education and highways much more than lip-service, but it was in fiscal legislation that he best illustrated his prescience and courage." So wrote the editor of The State newspaper in a December 1932 statement honoring the memory of the former chief executive.
During his service as Governor, the South Carolina General Assembly passed the "6-0-1" Act in 1924, under which the state would pay a school's operating expenses for six months if the county would pay for one month, historic legislation that would fund South Carolina public schools in the twentieth century.
Mrs. McLeod devoted much of her time as First Lady to improving the appearance of the Governor's Mansion grounds and the McLeods were the first to use inmates from the State Penitentiary as household staff for the mansion.
This endowment provides researchers who are United States citizens with the opportunity to conduct research at the South Caroliniana Library for a period of up to ten weeks in the summer. Topics of research will focus on the study of post-Civil War politics, government, and society, with an emphasis on South Carolina history.
The annual income from the endowment shall be used to award stipends for one or more research fellowships. Non-professional historical researchers, public school teachers, college students and university instructors are encouraged to apply.
For further information, please contact John Heiting at, or call 803-777-3131.
The award recipient(s) will be announced on or before April 1st.

Applicants should submit the following:

Send materials to:
South Caroliniana Library
910 Sumter St.
Attention: John HeitingUniversity of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C. 29208

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