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SC Governors – Robert Evander McNair, 1965-1971

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Robert Evander McNair

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: December 14, 1923 in Cades, South Carolina
  • Died: November 17, 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Buried:
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Robert Evander McNair
Robert Evander McNair
Courtesy of South Carolina Legislative Manual



  • Lawyer
  • United States Naval Reserve - 1942-1946

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1965–1967

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1967–1971

  • March 1, 1967 – The General Assembly amended the state constitution to allow women to serve on juries
  • June 20, 1967 – The General Assembly passed the "brown bag" law, permitting individuals to carry their own bottles of liquor into restaurants
  • February 8, 1968 – Orangeburg Massacre - A protest at South Carolina College (now South Carolina State University) in Orangeburg resulted in the death of three black students
  • March 14, 1968 – Membership in the State Bar became mandatory for all lawyers practicing in South Carolina
  • 1970 – The 1970 census revealed that Columbia was the state's first city with a population over 100,000
  • August-September 1970 – South Carolina public schools began their first statewide integrated school year
  • November 3, 1970 – The first three black state representatives of the 20th Century were elected to the South Carolina General Assembly

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1951-1962
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1962-1965

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • 1971 – McNair became a senior partner at McNair, Konduros, and Corley after leaving office

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Election Results

General Election – 1st term - April 22, 1965
Lieutenant Governor McNair succeeded to office following the resignation of Governor Donald S. Russell.

Democratic Primary – 2nd term - 1966
Governor McNair ran unopposed in the 1966 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

General Election – 2nd term - November 8, 1966
Robert Evander McNair 255,854 votes 58.2%
Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. 184,088 votes 41.8%


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