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Gregory D. Shorey papers

Businessman Greg Shorey became a leading force in developing the Republican Party in South Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s. He served as chairman of the party from 1958 to 1961, has been active at the local, state, and national levels, and continues to be a leader in the party to this day.

Gregory Day Shorey, Jr., was born in Belmont, Mass., on 27 June 1924. He received degrees in business administration and law from Boston University and became a public relations consultant in the Boston area in the late 1940s. While in school, Shorey was employed by the Massachusetts State Republican Committee and assisted with public relations work. In 1950 he moved to Greenville and soon founded Style-Crafters, Inc., of Greenville, a national manufacturer of marine safety and water sports equipment. The company was acquired by Gladding Corporation in 1969 and Shorey became corporate group vice president of Gladding. Later he headed the apparel division of Riegel Textile Corporation and in the early 1970s co-founded Shorey & Associates, Inc., a marketing and communications firm based in Greenville.

In 1952 Shorey became an active leader of South Carolinians for Eisenhower in Greenville County. He worked again in support of Eisenhower in 1956, serving as a presidential elector, and was a prominent figure in Barry Goldwater's 1960 and 1964 presidential campaigns.

From 1958 to 1961, Shorey served as the state chairman of South Carolina's nascent Republican Party. In trying to energize the second party movement, Shorey and other party leaders hoped that out of the two-party movement would come "a virile local democracy to replace the stagnant, mediocre and sometimes corrupt practices of the present administrations." Shorey argued that the two-party system would "insure contest through competition of better qualified candidates for public office at all levels, permit the election of candidates standing on a platform and principle, not merely selection in a popularity contest known as a primary....secure government at all levels more responsive and responsible to the citizen....insure candidates campaigning and serving under true colors of conservative party vs. liberal party....give regional balance at national levels of government so that South Carolina will not be taken for granted or ignored....[and] perpetuate and safeguard dynamic conservatism, free enterprise, free labor and states rights in South Carolina" (Greenville County Republican Party handbook, Building A Better Community, ca. 1958).

In the book Suite 3505 historian Cliff White noted that the effort which resulted in Goldwater's "sudden ascent to national prominence at Chicago in 1960 was....spearheaded...by Gregory D. Shorey, Jr., and Roger Milliken." Shorey served as chairman of the Goldwater for President Committee at the Chicago convention and his efforts and those of other members of the South Carolina delegation laid the groundwork for Goldwater's successful 1964 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Shorey served as a member of the Goldwater for President National Executive Committee, helping plan the conservative candidate's campaign, and was also a delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention.

The Shorey papers consist of one and a quarter linear feet of papers, 1952-1995, chiefly relating to his political activities but also documenting his education and business career. The collection is arranged in four series: General Papers, Topical Files, Audio-Visual Materials, and News Clippings.

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