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William Jennings Bryan Dorn Papers

W. J. Bryan Dorn began his career in public service by representing Greenwood County in the S.C. House of Representatives, 1939-1940, and the S.C. Senate, 1941-1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served for eighteen months in the European theater. Returning to his political career in 1947, he was elected to represent the Third District in Congress and served for thirteen terms through 1974. 

Dorn, William Jennings Bryan (1916-2005)

Papers, 1912-1995, 151 ft.

Collection Finding Aid
The collection documents Dorn's tenure in the U.S. House, 1947-1948, 1951-1974, and reflects his influential role on the committees of Public Works and Veterans Affairs and a strong emphasis on constituent service. The papers also highlight Dorn's many campaigns, his leadership in the S.C. Democratic Party, and his leadership in the American Legion and his continued influence in veterans' affairs after leaving Congress.

Item-level Listing of Speeches, Press Releases, and Newsletters in the Dorn Papers

Oral History Transcript (16 pages)
William Jennings Bryan Dorn reflects on his tenure in Congress, particularly as regards foreign policy and the menace of communism. Joseph McCarthy and Harry S Truman are mentioned.

Oral History Transcript (33 pages)
William Jennings Bryan Dorn discusses his career in Congress with Joe Wider. This transcript is undated (transcribed in 1993) and lightly edited.

William Jennings Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words
This collection of digitized audio clips highlights Dorn's career of service to South Carolina and the nation. Through his pleasing Southern drawl, Dorn draws in his audiences with warmth and passion. The collection is composed of various speeches from the campaign trail and addresses to the American Legion. Additional clips are excerpts from his 1980 and 1981 oral history interviews. Topics include World War II, civil rights, and national defense.

Related Oral History:
Oral History Transcript, Watson Dorn and Steve Griffith (26 pages)
The primary focus of this 2006 interview is the 1950 campaign by William Jennings Bryan Dorn to be returned to Congress. Watson Dorn, Bryan Dorn's youngest brother, and cousin Steve Griffith, helped Dorn defeat incumbent James B. Hare and win election to regain the seat he had first won in 1946. In 1948, rather than seek reelection to the House, Dorn had unsuccessfully challenged Burnet Maybank for the U.S. Senate.

William Jennings Bryan Dorn Endowment for South Carolina Political Collections
Supports expensive preservation work on the Dorn Collection, a research awards program, and graduate assistantships in South Carolina Political Collections and other related projects.

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