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From South Carolina to the World: Jimmy Byrnes and Political History at McKissick Museum

August 18 through December 10, 2016, 2nd floor, North Gallery

Some scholars have argued that James F. Byrnes was the greatest South Carolina politician of the twentieth century.  The only American to have served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, Supreme Court Justice, Presidential cabinet member, and Governor, Byrnes was, if not the greatest, certainly one of the most active and versatile South Carolinians of his time.

From South Carolina to the World: Jimmy Byrnes and Political History at McKissick Museum explores the relationship between this native son and the holders of the office he most desired—President of the United States.  In spite of, and perhaps because of, his failure to achieve this goal, Byrnes influenced the campaigns and careers of eleven presidents by working for—and sometimes against—them.  In this presidential election year come learn about a man who for more than sixty years kept South Carolina in the forefront of American politics at home and around the world.

Image: James F. Byrnes, ca. 1943, photograph, McKissick Museum History Collection, UC.2014.03.131

Thursday, August 18, 2016 to Saturday, December 10, 2016