Olin D. Johnston

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Olin Johnston
Former U.S. Senator from South Carolina
From: January 3, 1945 - April 18, 1965
Predecessor Wilton E. Hall
Successor Donald S. Russell
Former Governor of South Carolina
From: January 19, 1943 – January 2, 1945
Lieutenant Ransome Judson Williams
Predecessor Richard M. Jeffries
Successor Ransome Judson Williams
Former Governor of South Carolina
From: January 15, 1935 – January 17, 1939
Lieutenant Joseph E. Harley
Predecessor Ibra C. Blackwood
Successor Burnet Maybank
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Gladys Atkinson

Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston (November 18, 1896 – April 18, 1965), usually referred to as Olin D. Johnston, was a Democrat from South Carolina infamous for refusing to grant clemency as governor to 14 year-old George Stinney, an African-American teenager accused of murdering two white girls in a case where his constitutional rights were violated and where there was no evidence to support the prosecution.[1]

Backed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Johnston challenged incumbent fellow segregationist Ellison D. "Cotton Ed" Smith in the 1938 Senate elections as a left-wing New Dealer,[1] losing in the Democrat primary.[2]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Segregation Forever. Equal Justice Initiative. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  2. SC US Senate - D Primary. Our Campaigns. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

External links

  • Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress