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George Bell Timmerman, Jr. Papers

George Bell Timmerman, Jr. served as governor of South Carolina from 1955 to 1959, leading the state during a period of growing racial strife.

Timmerman, George Bell, Jr. (1912-1994)

Papers, c. 1904-1997, 2.5 ft.

Timmerman served as lieutenant governor under both Strom Thurmond and Jimmy Byrnes, 1947-1955. In 1948, Timmerman was president of the state Democratic Convention and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. On leaving office in 1959, he returned to his Lexington law practice and, in 1967, Timmerman was elected Judge for the 11th Circuit, holding that office until 1984. He then served as a special judge, filling in on the Circuit, until his death on Nov. 29, 1994.

Collection Finding Aid
The collection consists of personal and public papers relating primarily to Timmerman's service as lieutenant governor and governor of South Carolina. A substantial amount of material relating to his judicial career is also present in the collection.

Related Collection:

Gubernatorial Records (S.C. Department of Archives & History)

Related Links:

S.C. Governors (at “SCIway”)  

Memory Hold the Door (USC Law School)

Note: The papers of George Bell Timmerman, Senior, who served as a federal judge from 1942 to 1966, are not, to our knowledge, collected in a repository. For more information about Timmerman Senior, see the Federal Judicial Center.


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