DORN, William Jennings Bryan, a Representative from South Carolina; born near Greenwood, Greenwood
County, S.C., April 14, 1916; attended the public schools; engaged in
agricultural pursuits; served in the South Carolina state house of
representatives 1939-1940; member of the South Carolina state senate 1941-1942;
enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces and served from June 20, 1942,
until discharged as a corporal on October 12, 1945, nineteen months of which
were in the European Theater; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress
(January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); was not a candidate for renomination in
1948, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for
United States Senator; resumed agricultural pursuits; elected to the
Eighty-second Congress; reelected to the eleven succeeding Congresses and
served from January 3, 1951, until his resignation December 31, 1974; chairman,
Committee on Veterans Affairs (Ninety-third Congress); was not a candidate for
reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; was an unsuccessful candidate
for Governor; chairman, South Carolina Democratic party, 1980-1984; died on
August 13, 2005, in Greenwood, S.C.
BibliographyDorn, William Jennings Bryan, and Scott Derks.
Dorn: Of the People, A Political Way of Life. Columbia and
Orangeburg, S.C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Sandlapper Publishing, 1988.