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Spring 20000
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Historic Marker Commemorates Governor John West's Boyhood Home

In December 1999, the Kershaw County Historical Society honored former Governor John C. West by placing a historic marker at his boyhood home. The dedication ceremony featured remarks by Harvey Teal, former President of the South Caroliniana Society, an officer of the Kershaw County Historical Society, and a long-time friend of John West.

Gov. and Mrs. West, with Mr. Teal.- 9494 Bytes
Governor John C. West with his wife Lois and Harvey Teal in front of historic marker.

In his remarks directed to West, Teal noted: "You have honorably served your country, your state and your nation with diligence, distinction, and dedication. In recognition of that service and to honor you, all of your legion of friends and associates join with the Kershaw County Historical Society, the sponsoring organization, in erecting this historical marker on the land of your birth."

For further information, please contact Modern Political Collections, (803) 777-0577 or by email. The Library continues to receive additions to the collection of Governor West's papers. It is remarkably rich in content in part due to West's diligence in keeping a daily diary while governor (1971 to 1975) and United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1977 to 1981).

--Herbert J. Hartsook
CourthouseKershaw County Courthouse
(ca. 1820)
A native of Kershaw County, S.C., West served as an intelligence officer during World War II, S.C. State Senator, 1954-1966; Lieutenant Governor, 1966-1970; Governor, 1971-1975; and U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1977-1981.

For a biography of former Gov. West, visit the Biographical Directory of S.C. Governors at "SCI-Way."

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