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SC Governors – George Bell Timmerman, 1955-1959

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor George Bell Timmerman

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: August 11, 1912 in Anderson, South Carolina
  • Died:
  • Buried:
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of George Bell Timmerman
George Bell Timmerman
Courtesy of South Carolina Legislative Manual



  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1955–1959

  • 1956 – The press dubbed the 1956 session of the General Assembly the "Segregation Session" due to the passage of several laws intended to prevent integration
  • 1956 – The General Assembly passed legislation barring members of the NAACP from public employment
  • 1956 – The General Assembly increased the amount of land that a non-American individual or corporation could own in South Carolina from 500 to 500,000 acres
  • March 8, 1956 – In an effort to stop the sale of Japanese textiles in the state, the General Assembly passed the Hart-Arthur Act requiring stores selling textiles imported from Japan to display a sign reading "Japanese Textiles Sold Here"
  • August 28-29, 1957 – US Senator and former Governor Strom Thurmond tried to prevent the passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act with a filibuster lasting over 24 hours

Other Government Positions

  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1947-1955

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Web Resources

Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1954
George Bell Timmerman 185,541 votes 61.3%
Bates 116,942 votes 38.7%

General Election – November 2, 1954
Timmerman was elected without opposition, receiving 214,204 votes.


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