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Campaign Files, 1958 (Gubernatorial Campaign--Hollings defeated Donald Russell in the Democratic Primary)


Campaign for Governor, 1958

In 1958, Hollings ran for Governor against University of South Carolina president Donald Russell and Mayor William Johnston of Anderson, brother of Olin D. Johnston. Hollings announced his candidacy on January 29, 1958, citing his ten years of public service that included presiding over both the State House and Senate. Hollings ran on his record and emphasized the need to attract more industry to the state. He fought Russell's charge that he was connected to the Barnwell Ring, a group of powerful rural legislators that included Edgar Brown and House Speaker Solomon Blatt. In Making Government Work, Hollings says Russell was 'highly intelligent but also somewhat remote and not a natural politician.' In the first Democratic Primary, Johnston came in third, leading to a two-week run-off between Russell and Hollings. Though Russell won many major newspaper endorsements and had a lot of money and James Byrnes' backing, Hollings emerged from the second Democratic Primary victorious, something Hollings attributed to Russell's remote nature and his own hustle and willingness to talk to as many voters as possible. Little material remains from this campaign. Financial records comprise most of the seven folders. Four of these contain lists of contributors.


  • 1958 (Gubernatorial Campaign--Hollings defeated Donald Russell in the Democratic Primary)


From the Collection: 800 Linear Feet


Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA