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Grady L. Patterson, Jr. Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCU-SCPC-080
The Patterson Papers, less than one linear foot of material, 1990 to 2009, consist chiefly of speeches but also include general papers, clippings, and photographs.

General papers include letters to Patterson from Spartanburg County Senator Glenn Reese and Major General James A. Grimsley Jr., the President Emeritus at the Citadel.

Speeches, 1997 to 2006, consist of over sixty speeches delivered by Patterson. This series was created by Patterson and includes texts, talking points, and related material.

Clippings include press summaries from 2000 and 2001 and articles on the bond initiative, funding for schools, and the budget.

Photographs are from events relating to Spartanburg County Day, Future Farmers of America, the National Bank of South Carolina, and the General Assembly.

Dates

  • 1990 - 2009

Creator

Access

Library use only

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Patterson served as South Carolina State Treasurer for thirty-six years, November 1966 to 1994 and 1998 to 2007 when he retired. The Patterson Papers, less than one linear foot of material, 1990 to 2009, consist chiefly of speeches but also include general papers, clippings, and photographs.

Biographical Note

In a speech to the Cayce United Methodist Church in 1999, Grady L. Patterson, Jr. stated “I have chosen a live in the public eye. There are benefits and drawbacks...one of the benefits is meeting people. For thirty years I have been able to meet folks all of the state and as a bonus, I’ve been able to help a lot of them.” Patterson served as South Carolina State Treasurer for thirty-six years, November 1966 to 1994 and 1998 to 2007 when he retired.

Patterson was born on January 13, 1924, to Grady L. and Claudia McClain Patterson of Calhoun, S.C. In 1942 he enrolled at Clemson University and enlisted in the Army Air Corps the following year. From 1943 to 1946, he served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific. Upon his return home, he joined the South Carolina Air Guard and enrolled at the University of South Carolina and graduated from USC’s School of Law in 1950. In 1951, he married Marjorie H. Faucett of Union. They had six children. After forty years with the S.C. Air Guard, he retired with the rank of Lieutenant General (three-stars) and became the first Air Guardsman to be so recognized. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan awarded Patterson the Distinguished Service Medal of the United States of America for “...exceptionally meritorious service in a Duty of Great Responsibility.”

Patterson became an Assistant Attorney General under Dan McLeod in 1959. He worked in that office for seven years until he was elected State Treasurer in November 1966. He lost the position in 1994 to Richard Eckstrom but was re-elected in 1998. He was narrowly defeated by Thomas Ravenel in 2006.

Provenance

Donated by the Hon. Grady L. Patterson, Jr.

Copyright

Copyright of the Grady L. Patterson, Jr. papers has been transferred to the University of South Carolina.

Processing Information

Processed by Virginia Blake, 2009.

Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Contact:
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-0577