The papers of Donald H. Holland (1928-2003) chronicle a career dedicated to public service in Kershaw County and to the state of South Carolina. Serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives for twelve years, as a District Highway Commissioner for four years, and in the South Carolina Senate for over thirty years, Holland was noted for his determination to provide strong and efficient representation for his constituents. During his career, he enjoyed both Republican and Democratic support in his few contested elections.
Holland worked with many prominent political figures, establishing political and personal relationships with such individuals as Solomon Blatt, Edgar Brown, Marion Gressette, Rembert Dennis, and every South Carolina governor from James Byrnes to Mark Sanford. As a recognized leader in the Democratic Party, Holland campaigned locally and nationally for the party.
Born on 19 August 1928 to Eugene and Alberta Branham Holland in the small Kershaw County community of Cassatt, Donald Harry Holland grew up on a farm in Depression-era South Carolina. Hollandís rural background later inspired him to push for rural development and expansion of utility services in farming communities like Cassatt.
As Highway Commissioner, Holland took part in guiding the expansion of the interstate system in South Carolina by suggesting locations and improvements for I-20 and the I-77 extension. As a legislator, Holland was involved in judicial reform and the revision of election laws. He supported the improvement of education in South Carolina and acted as an advocate for educators. By establishing rural development programs, supporting the construction of a modern hospital, and preserving historical and natural spaces, Holland also endeavored to improve the quality of life in Kershaw County. The Donald H. Holland papers, currently being processed, document Hollandís political career from 1949 until 2003.