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"M" is for McMillan, Claude Richelieu [1899-1961]

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"M" is for McMillan, Claude Richelieu [1899-1961]. Engineer. After graduating from USC with a degree in civil engineering, McMillan went to work with the South Carolina Highway Department. In 1941 he was named state highway engineer. As state engineer, he advocated the change from concrete to bituminous-surfaced roads. In 1948 he became Chief Highway Commissioner. His tenure was one of unparalleled growth. He created a division to oversee license examinations and the Highway Patrol. In 1950 he successfully lobbied for a one-cent increase in the state gas tax to fund the construction and maintenance of the state’s burgeoning highway system. To him, the key to safe roadways was the construction of controlled-access highways with frontage roads. The pinnacle of Claude Richelieu McMillan’s term came when the U.S. Congress authorized $98 million over three years for South Carolina’s interstate highways.

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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.