Near Calhoun Falls in Abbeville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Olin D. Johnston Memorial Boulevard
of a distinguished South Carolinian
in recognition of his
to the life and welfare
of this state and its citizens
Member, House of Representatives
1923-1924 Anderson County
1927-1930 Spartanburg County
1935-1939 † † † † 1943-1945
United States Senator
He worked tirelessly for
development of the
Savannah River Basin
Erected in 1985, the 50th Anniversary
of his first
inaugration as governor
Location. 34° 4.285′ N, 82° 38.182′ W. Marker is near Calhoun Falls, South Carolina, in Abbeville County. Marker is on Calhoun Falls Highway (State Highway 72). Click for map. Marker is located near the Savannah River, three miles west of Calhoun Falls, SC. Marker is in this post office area: Calhoun Falls SC 29628, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Millwood (here, next to this marker); Colonistsí Crossing (approx. 1.1 miles away in Georgia); Welcome to Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area (approx. 2.3 miles away); Calhoun Falls World War I and II Veterans Monument (approx. 2.6 miles away); Bethlehem Methodist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away in Georgia); Richard B. Russell Dam (approx. 4.2 miles away); Gov. Heardís Grave (approx. 4.4 miles away in Georgia but has been reported missing); Gov. Heardís Home (approx. 6.2 miles away in Georgia); "Old Dan Tucker" (approx. 6.2 miles away in Georgia); USS Scorpion (SS-278) (approx. 7.4 miles away in Georgia). Click for a list of all markers in Calhoun Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Olin D. Johnston. Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston (November 18, 1896 – April 18, 1965) was a Democratic Party politician from the U.S. State of South Carolina.
2. National Governor's Assocaition Biography: Gov. Olin D. Johnston. Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston was born near Honea Path, South Carolina.
3. Olin Dewitt Talmadge Johnston, 1935-1939, 1943-1945. Detailed information on Governor Johnston's two terms.
4. South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1942. The 1942 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1942 during World War II to select the governor of the state of South Carolina.
5. Barkers Creek Baptist Church. Marker located in Honea Path, S.C., dedicated to Barkers creek Baptist Church, the boyhood church and final resting place for Gov. Olin D. Johnston.
1. Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston (1896 - 1965)
Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston, (father of Elizabeth J. Patterson), a Senator from South Carolina; born near Honea Path, Anderson County, S.C., November 18, 1896; attended the public schools; graduated from Textile
2. About Olin D. Johnson
South Carolina politics...was characterized by individualistic, free-for-all intraparty fighting. The state's loose multi factional system revolved around a powerful localism and the long-standing animosity between the upcountry and the coastal plain (with the city of Charleston). The Palmetto State's preoccupation with matters of race inhibited the development of a more distinct bifunctionalism along economic and sectional lines...The most noteworthy political factions in South Carolina politics during the years of the Great Depression and World War II were those of two governors: Olin D. Johnson and Burnet R. Maybank. One came from Spartanburg in the upcounty, the other from Charleston in the low country. both men were later elected to the U.S. Senate.
Johnston, the upcountryman, served as governor during the years 1935-39. His administration was identified with a number of labor and welfare reforms, and he acquired a reputation as a "New Deal" governor. His rise to power was also based on traditional divisions and grievances in South Carolina: upcountry opposition to Charleston and patrician influence, alleged frauds in Charleston, reaction against some of the control exerted by a legislative clique known as the "Barnwell Ring," and Johnston's appeal to the state's mill workers. After loosing contests for
No one was more delighted to see the state emerge from the doldrums than Gov. Olin D. Johnson, who embarked on a "Little New Deal" of his own in 1935. Like FDR, Johnston exhibited concern for the forgotten white American, which in South Carolina meant the cotton mill worker. Not only did Johnston publicly defend the CIO, but he also aided evicted strikers by donating surplus military tents and foodstuffs. Where previous governors used the National Guard and martial law to crush strikes, Johnston used both to protect strikers and seal off mill precincts from strikebreakers. He often forced management to accept him as mediator and occasionally found state jobs for strikers whom mills refused to rehire.
Moreover, in his inaugural and subsequent addresses, Johnston unveiled a program whose provisions for education, governmental reorganization, penal reform, labor relations, and Social Security reflected
In other areas legislators were less responsive. Johnston presented a comprehensive package of requests for governmental reorganization: pooling of all state revenue into one fund; reduction in the number of highway commissioners; requirement that all state banks join the FDIC; creation of a single police force from the highway patrol and constabulary; and creation of a South Carolina rural Electrification Administration. The lawmakers gave him the electrification administration but turned a deaf ear to his other requests. For penal reform, Johnston sought creation of a comprehensive probation system and funds to relieve prison overcrowding. The legislature ignored his first request but did not give him $75,000 for construction of a women's prison near Columbia. Finally, at Johnston's urging, the legislature enacted laws to enable the state to participate in Social Security and passed as act to prevent misrepresentation in the sale of securities. (Source: South Carolina and the New Deal by J.I. Hayes (2001), pgs 188-189.)
3. Olin D. Johnston Library
In addition to this highway, Johnston's name adorns the main library of Anderson University in nearby Anderson, South Carolina. The Olin D. Johnston Library was constructed in 1956 and was renovated in 1974.
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