South Carolina: Veteran's Viciory

Because the state constitution forbids them to succeed themselves. South Carolina's Governors usually spend the latter part of their four-year term looking around for a new job. Embarking on just such a search in 1944, Governor Olin Dewitt Johnston, then 47. combined youthful vigor and a slashing attack to unseat Senator "Cotton Ed" Smith, a scarred old veteran who broke all existing records for Senate longevity.—This year, at 65 a veteran of more than 17 years in the Senate, Olin Johnston knew how Cotton Ed must have felt. Opposing him in the...

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