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Andrew Crawford Clarkson Jr. papers

Identifier: SCL-MS-2019.01.15

This collection contains the materials of Andrew Crawford Clarkson Jr. These materials include but are not limited to letters, cards, newspapers, photographs and realia. The materials range from 17 December 1919 to 13 June 2015, and include undated items as well. This collection depicts Mr. Clarkson's life, with special emphasis given to his time serving as a Navy captain during World War II and Korea. There is also a secondary focus on his post Navy career as a CPA in the family firm.

This collection is a look into the life of a South Carolina native during WWII, and Korea as well as Mr. Clarkson's involvement with Patriot's Point and USC.


  • 1919-12-17 - 2017-06-13

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Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All rights reside with the creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the South Caroliniana Library.


15 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Andrew Crawford Clarkson Jr. was born in Columbia, SC on 17 Dec. 1919 to Andrew Crawford Clarkson Sr. and Jennie Louise Taber. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated in absentia in 1941. Mr. Clarkson later married Sarah Fairbanks Bull in 1949 and had six children Jennie, Sarah Susan, Margaret, Andrew Crawfor Clarkson III, and Thomas.

Mr. Clarkson served as a naval officer during World War II and Korea. During World War II, his career started aboard the minesweeper USS Stansbury. He transferred to the USS Howard as executive officer and navigator. His service took him to the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Once World War II ended, Mr. Clarkson joined his father in the family business as a CPA. Mr. Clarkson Jr. gained his CPA certificate in 1948.

In 1952 Mr. Clarkson was recalled to the Navy for Korea, and became Executive Officer of the USS Cony. After serving on the Cony, Mr. Clarkson returned to Columbia and attend the USC School of Law. He graduated in 1955, was admitted to the SC Bar, the Federal Bar, and eventually the Supreme Court. He retired from the Navy in 1979 as Captain USNR.

Mr. Clarkson was very active in his community. He served as a member of the diaconate at First Prebytrian Church, and afterwards was part of the vestry at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Mr. Clarkson was also president of the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, Campaign Chairman of the United Way, a founding board member of Patriots Point Naval Museum, founding member of the Columbia sailing club, treasurer and fundraiser for Congressman Floyd Spence, chairman of Governor Carroll Campbell's committee that signed a treaty with the Catawba Nation, treasurer of the SC Society of the Cincinnati, and member of the Correctional Development Foundation.

Mr. Clarkson was also highly involved with the University of South Carolina. He was instrumental in forming the USC Educational Foundation, led the way with Coach Paul Deitzel in acquiring a bequest that resulted in an expansion of the football stadium, and was pivotal in inspiring the vision for the formation of the Master of International Business Program.

Mr. Clarkson passed away on 27 September 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the South Caroliniana Library Repository

910 Sumter St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-5747 (Fax)

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