South Carolina Hall Of Fame: William Jennings Bryan Dorn

William Jennings Bryan Dorn

Born-(Died): 1916-2005
Profession: U.S. Representative
Inducted: 1995

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After serving in World War II, William Jennings Bryan Dorn was elected to the first of thirteen terms in the United States Congress, where he was known for his support of national defense, education, revenue sharing, economic development, Social Security, and agriculture. Born in Greenwood, South Carolina, he began his political career in 1939, when he became the youngest man ever elected to the state legislature. He co-authorized the GI Bill for Education and co-authored the Savannah Valley Development Bill, which was responsible for Lake Hartwell, Lake Russell, and LakeThurmond. Dorn’s support ensured that the Duke Power Company’s Keowee-Toxaway Project became a reality. He held honorary degrees at Erskine, Lander and Clemson.