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“B” is for Boineau, Charles Evans, Jr.

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  “B” is for Boineau, Charles Evans, Jr. [1923-2005]. Legislator. Boineau was the first Republican elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in the 20th century. After serving as a navy fighter pilot in World War II, Boineau returned home and joined the family’s trucking business in Columbia. From 1956 to 1958 he was director of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. In 1960, following his involvement in the group South Carolina Democrats for Nixon, he affiliated with the fledgling Republican Party. In early 1961 a vacancy occurred in Richland County’s S.C. House of Representatives delegation—requiring a special off-year election to fill the unexpired term In the August 8th election, he won handily with 55% of the vote. In victory Charles Evans Boineau, Jr., said that he had “proved that ‘Republican’ is not a bad word” in South Carolina.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.