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SC Governors – Donald Stuart Russell, 1963-1965

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Donald Stuart Russell

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: February 22, 1906 in Lafayette Springs, MS
  • Died: February 22, 1998
  • Buried:
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Donald Stuart Russell
Donald Stuart Russell
Courtesy of South Carolina Legislative Manual



Major Events and Accomplishments, 1963–1965

  • January 16, 1963 – Governor Russell's inaugural barbecue was the first integrated state function since Reconstruction.
  • January 28, 1963 – Clemson College (now Clemson University) enrolled its first black student, Harvey Gantt.
  • September 1963 – Former Governor Strom Thurmond announced his switch to the Republican Party.
  • October 29,1964 – Greenville native Charles Townes won the Nobel Prize in Physics
  • November 3, 1964 – The majority of South Carolina voters cast their ballots for Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election, making him the first Republican presidential candidate to carry the state since Reconstruction.
  • April 22, 1965 – Governor Russell resigned from office to fill the vacancy in the US Senate caused by the death of Olin D. Johnston. He was succeeded by his Lieutenant Governor, Robert McNair.

Other Government Positions

  • Deputy Director, Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 1945
  • Assistant US Secretary of State, 1945-1947
  • US Senate, 1965-1966
  • US District Judge, 1967-1971
  • US Circuit Judge, appointed 1971

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • At the time of his death, Judge Russell was presiding over a case between tobacco companies and the US Government - 1998

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Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1962
Donald Stuart Russell 199,619 votes 60.8%
Burnet R. Maybank 103,015 votes 31.4%
A.W. Bethea 17,251 votes 5.3%

General Election – November 6, 1962
Russell was elected without opposition, receiving 253,704 votes.


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