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Letter, 31 July 1924, of Cyrus Luther Shealy
    to Olin D. Johnston

    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2004

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Letter, 31 July 1924, added to the papers of South Carolina legislator and University of South Carolina trustee Cyrus Luther Shealy (1883-1968) was written on Ways and Means Committee letterhead and addressed to Olin D. Johnston (1896-1965), a fellow member of the South Carolina House of Representatives living in Anderson. The letter responded to Johnston’s questions “relative to the action of the University Board in discontinuing the services of Judge [Thomas H.] Spain, formerly of the Law Faculty.”

Shealy reminds Johnston that the Board had met in executive session and that it would therefore “be improper for any recite the reasons prompting its action in matters of this kind.” “As you know,” the letter continues, “it is the exclusive right of the Board to elect professors and other employees and officials of the University, and it is, likewise, the right and duty of the Board to discontinue such services as it dee[m]s to be for the best interest of the University.”

Further stating that “there were no personal reasons for our action” and reminding Johnston that “Judge Spain failed for re-election as Circuit Judge at the hands of the General Assembly,” Shealy concluded—“we wish to keep the University out of politics; and I hope that the confidence you had in me in helping to elect me a member of the Board will prompt you to trust me to do the right thing as I can understand it.”

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