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“B” is for Blatt, Solomon

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  “B” is for Blatt, Solomon [1895-1986. Legislator. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a law degree, Blatt was admitted to the bar. He served in France during World War I. In 1932, he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from Barnwell County, beginning a legislative career that would span six decades. In 1935 he was elected Speaker, a position he held until 1973—with the exception of the period 1947-1951. Blatt defined good government as a mixture of progressive action and judicial restraint. He was a strong proponent of economic development and was supportive of the Savannah River site and the state’s ports. When Solomon Blatt died in 1986, he was the longest-serving state legislator in the United States, having served more than fifty-three years.