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 - Thurmond Op For Governor;. ~~ Quits As Judge...
Thurmond Op For Governor;. ~~ Quits As Judge Circuit Judge J. Strom Thurmond Thurmond of Edgefield formally announced that he would he a candidate for governoir of SoiHn Carolina in the 'tic primary. Simultaneously ./ '•'-• . '..: ' "'•• be eesigned as " judge of the eleveqta Judicial circuit, circuit, a post he ka4 held since '1938. He tendered,the resignation to Chief Justice D! Cordon Baker and Governor Rafisonje J. Williams. Williams. . - '"i'fii- He resigned, he'siW-in.«i'press -statement, to ''avoid anyVpossi- bility that the jddiciary of our state might, to the slightest extent, extent, .be,political djs-_ cussion." Judge J. Stront Thurmond was born in Edgefield County in 1902. He -was educated in the public schools of Edgefield. During; During; his boyhood, until he went to college, he did general farm work on"Jhis father's farm, such as . plowing, milking the cows, and the other jobs so familiar to South Carolina farm boys. After finishing high school, he entered Clemson College. During ' the summer vacations he worked on the farm and in the old Addi?on Addi?on Cotton Mill at Edgefield. He was graduated, from Clemson with a B. S. Degree in Agriculture in 1923 and taught agriculture in McCormick, Ridge Spring, and Edgefield High Schools. •• .Judge Thurmond was elected County Superintendent of Education Education in 1928. He studied law at nights under his father, the late J. William Thurmond. He was a;l- mitted to the State bar in' 19:iO and' subsequently, to, the U. S Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U S. Supreme Court. Judge Thurmond was elected to 1 the State Senate from Edgefielt t County m 1032 and was releete< Jin 1936 \Mthout opposition. He served in the Senate until 1938 : when,he was elected to the circuit cncuU, wheie he served until he votuntueied for active duty in the army on the day the U. S. declared declared war against Germany. Judge Thurmond served three and a half years in the army, approximately approximately two of which served in the European and Pacific Pacific Theaters. He was attached to the^ famous g2nd Airborne Division Division for the invasion and landed in enemy-held territory in France on D-Day by glider. He received eight different awards and decorations decorations for his war services, including including the Purple Heart for injuries injuries in action against the enemy on D-Day, the_ Bronze Star 'for- heroism , on; the field of battle, and the Legion of Merit'for ^fex.- ceptionally meritorious service:?. He was,-released from the army on October 19, .1945, and returned returned to the circuit bench. Judge Thurmond has _served in' varied 'capacities as Superintendent Superintendent of the Baptist' Sunday* School,' President- of the Clemson College Alumni Association, Trustee Trustee of Winthrop College, State Councilor of the Junior Order of United, American Mechanics, President of the Lions Club, Vice- President of the.South Carolina Bar Association, and a delegate t 0 the National Democratic Con- ventionfin 1932 and-1936/*JHfe ; ' r i^' a member- of- the' American Leg? ion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans of Global .Wars, the Masonic Masonic Order, and the Woodmen of the World. Thurmond Maket Statement After having talked _vdth people people from every .section~ of the State, I have decided to offer for'jf JUSTICE WAITS IN TOKYO—A general view of, the military leaders are on trial. Among them Is former Premier officials^ Judges, represent the International War office ,js conducted on the high plane on : which it should stand. It would be too m'uch in one statement to attempt to discuss all of the fundamental issues which the State must face, but I would-like to mention a few of he most outstanding. I wish • to express myself first •f all on the liquor question; The >eople-.of South Carolina .should lecide this .issue for themselves, am a dry, but the governor cannot cannot in good conscience promise « olution of. this question because ie does not make the laws. The industrial and business establishment establishment and location . .within our borders; to plan and perfect transportation-facilities and 'marketing 'marketing methods to increase the income income of our farmers; and, in general; general; through trade and .commerce with the rest of the nation and in world markets, to strive to raise the eeonomis level of our state and of our people, and capitalize on pur' finest crop, our young; people as they come of age, so that they can stay here and contribute contribute to the future "prosperity and welfare of South Carolina, . jeople of each county will have | and wil1 n< l l be forced to g o else- opportunity this summer to j where to find the opportunities t the General .Assembly legislators legislators who will express their , entitle< ' to which express wishes:in the form of legislation. f, the duly elected representa- fhe Democratic nomination as'tives of the people shall enact Governor in the forthcoming primary.' primary.' 1 feel that my twenty-three: yai.s of public service as a school teacher, county .superintendent of education, state senator, circuit judge and soldier qualify me for the varied responsibilities of this office. We need Carolina, a If we do this, we can quickly modernize and expand our publi7 school and college facilities; gua- fitly Fed. * — ,.~ - --- --- ---- .,-- — | - . -„ . prohibition' law, I shall sijrn that ralltce to our teachers the com- Enlaw. .If the duiy elected represc-n- ;P«nsation xvhich they deserve and ! ' tatives of Ih cr.unty option. people shall enact I :shall sign that law. If the duly elected repf e scn- i .the future which their profession j should enjoy; brmp about the in- crease m the wages of our work- | tatives of the people shall enatt!'"" P t() ! llc » ni1 '" the farm in- any other !««-.! hat ivil)' : help con- ' come " f ou'r.slrttc, without which trol the .lifiuor situation,' I shall j we s!i:l11 " cver hc a a change in South ijy change. The pc-j- ple are demanding it. Under our system of government, it is vital that the povcrnor furnish effec- sign that measure. In any event, • bl ' oa(io " ""<' I .pledge my:-4lf tn enforce t () the ^'' amt: of on expand bst.of my ability whatever law "' elfal ' c - ; ""' thit; subject the duly elected ren-'" e<1t thc blm<1 ' an d our dependent recitatives of the people may 1 l-h 'ldrcn; and furnish to business, regard .as • expressing the wishe' state; ; our l^o-jthat public, health, public j to the ag- Stop at the sign of skilled tire service ?// DENNIS AND ROGERS TIRE COMPANY 101 Short Street Expert Tire Service Cptoplde Tire Inspection Cwuranteed Tire ROYAL industry, ami a^riculture-the con, con, , - i * *-r> «•* •• ,n.-> i. .•% |«i *., -.-"-iii^vit^wmiioi live leadership and no.t'ullow the i O f the'people. I'ei'sonallv, I should (llt "» ls ""dor which our system of functions of that office., to.-be I M( ,t like to see our state in the j f "'° { '" lcr l>i'isc ciin best work ami usurped or controlled "by others. \ ]\ t(Wn - business, and I shall never !P r< ' s P cr - " As Governor, I shall see that thu advocate" any form of state dis- j '• We <i: "' c ""'• w « must not, fail pL'iisarv i'" "ipet the challenge of the fu„ fu„ r - . ,. lure. We need a progressive out- Itefnre announcing .mv candi- , , . .look, a progressive program, and | a progressive leadership. We must face the future with confidence circuit bench. I did this to avoid '*"« with « th »™" m - ' "««"» m - v I dacy for governor,.! tendered to the Chief Justice and to the Gov- i crtKir my resignation from thfi any possibility that the judiciary of our state night, to the slightest slightest extent, !>e involved in political discussion. I know from, my years of .service on the bench the high esteem in which our people hold the sentences of our courts, and that I will not use the power of executive clemency to undo their judgments. I am strongly against the state police system. 1 believe that law enforcement should be close to the people, -and that law enforcement enforcement in general should be left to the counties and municipalities. municipalities. The State Highway Patrol has done a wonderful job through the years in its specialized work. From my observation as a judge, I feel that'the people "of "the vaK ious counties and communities in this state can be depended upon to select Sheriffs, county police, and municipal police who will seo that thc law is cnformed. No one knows better than I do the great debt which the people of the state and nation owe to the young men and women who entered entered the service- of..onr country in the war. A veteran of three and a half years of army service myself, a large part of which was .spent in both the European and Pacific Theaters, I saw with my own eyes their sacrifices and hardships. I will champion every worthwhile activity in 'their behalf. behalf. They should be given every opportunity to. catch op on their H^^-J • I education, and the state should do AnKUTS |Mt* full part, in cooperation with * » the Federal Government, to help them 'make -up for what they lost while at war. So much for the. past and present. present. The moit vital problem fac- in the next f oar. year* i* tfc« future «f oar frtat*. We Hand on the threnhold of an «pp«rtan- tty which, w* shall never mi* af»in ta o*r lifetUM. Th» poM-war off, faithful and unflagging efforts to develop an<{ carry out such a program. I want every man and woman of the Democratic Party of South Carolina to join in the accomplishment accomplishment of this program, and invite your support in my campaign campaign for Governor. Weeks Murder (Continued from page one) In cross examination 'by defense defense attorney Henry Bushee it was disclosed that Weeks had purchased purchased a car with the check and it had been returned from the bank marked "not sufficient funds." Mrs. Weeks' mother had testified testified -Tuesday morning that she had a joint bank account with fda Pearl Weeks anH when she heard her daughter had written the cheek, drew thc .money out of the. bank. Shulcr Woodward and W. F. Ussei-y, city policemen, testified thoy ha.) helped Mr. and Mrs. Weeks straighten out another quarrel prior to Chief Sprawls' experience experience and on that occasion they had gone home together, apparently apparently reconciled. -, On cross examination, all witnesses witnesses testified they never had seen Ray Weeks misbehave and never hatl seen him drunk. The solctier,- who had reenlisted for another another hitch and was home on .a fttrloufth, at thc time of the shooting, shooting, sat in 'the • courtroom in his uniform with thc three stripes of a technician, fourth grade, on his arm. '.-..'• Supt Hospital (Continued from page one) pitals specifically planned for construction in the near future. It haa been found that 44 pe> cent t« b* fbuwmd by community community co«trifc«ti««a. N#w (foe* tto war tlM

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  1. Aiken Standard,
  2. 17 May 1946, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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