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). Touch 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 Bethlehem Methodist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away in Georgia); Richard B. Russell Dam (approx. 4.2 miles away); Gov. Heardís Grave (was 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). Touch for a list and map 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. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. National Governor's Assocaition Biography: Gov. Olin D. Johnston. Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston was born near Honea Path, South Carolina. (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Olin Dewitt Talmadge Johnston, 1935-1939, 1943-1945. Detailed information on Governor Johnston's two terms. (Submitted on November 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1942. The 1942 South (Submitted on September 14, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, 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. (Submitted on October 15, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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 Industrial Institute, Spartanburg, S.C., in 1915; attended Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., until 1917 when he enlisted in the United States Army, serving eighteen months overseas, and becoming a sergeant; reentered Wofford College and graduated in 1921; received a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1923 and graduated from that universityís law department in 1924; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Spartanburg, S.C.; member, State house
— Submitted November 20, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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
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 the Senate in 1938 and 1941, he was elected governor for a second term in 1942. Two years later he defeated the venerable Ellison D. "Cotton Ed" Smith in a campaign for the Senate. By this time, Johnston had won the confidence of some conservative elements, and he seized on the race issue that arose with the outlawing of the white primary by the Supreme Court. (Source: The Life and Death of the Solid South: A Political History by Dewey W. Grantham (1992),
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 the liberal rhetoric of the New Deal then astir in American. He certainly deserves the title "Education Governor." At his urging, the legislature established a textbook rental system, extended the school term from six months to eight months, raised teachers' salaries from $66 a month to $90 a month, and required compulsory school attendance of those between seven and sixteen years of age. In the area of labor relations, the state legislatures from 1935
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
— Submitted November 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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.
— Submitted November 15, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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