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SC Governors – John Carl West, 1971-1975

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor John Carl West

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: August 27, 1922 in Camden, South Carolina
  • Died: 2004 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Buried: Camden, South Carolina
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of John Carl West
John Carl West
Courtesy of South Carolina Legislative Manual



  • Major, United States Army
  • Lawyer
  • Professor of Middle East Studies

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1971–1975

  • April 28, 1971 – The South Carolina General Assembly ratified the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution
  • October 1971 – The first integrated South Carolina State Fair opened in Columbia
  • March 28, 1973 – The General Assembly ratified an amendment to the state constitution that allowed restaurants to serve mixed drinks
  • June 25, 1973 – The US Supreme Court ruled that South Carolina's legislative districts would have to be reapportioned according to population in Stevenson v. West

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina Senate, 1954-1966
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1966-1970
  • US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, appointed 1977

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • West was awarded the United States Army Commendation Medal for his military service
  • West returned to his law practice after leaving office - 1975

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Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1970
West ran unopposed in the 1970 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

General Election – November 3, 1970
John Carl West 250,551 votes 51.7%
Albert Watson 221,233 votes 45.6%


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