DORN, William Jennings Bryan

DORN, William Jennings Bryan
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1916–2005

Biography

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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of South Carolina
South Carolina Political Collections

Columbia, SC
Oral History: N.d., amount unknown. An oral history interview with former Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn.
Papers: 1912-1988, 153.75 linear feet. Collection chiefly documents William Jennings Bryan Dorn’s representation of South Carolina’s Third Congressional District, 1947-1949 and 1951-1974, and contains correspondence, military academy recommendations, office files, post office files, speeches and press releases, topical files, voting records, and audiovisual materials. The personal papers include general papers, campaign records, files relating to the Democratic Party of South Carolina, topical files, and news clippings. Further information and finding aid available at: http://www.sc.edu/library/scpc/dorn.html, and a project entitled: William Jennings Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words: http://www.sc.edu/library/digital/collections/dorn.html.
Papers: In the Daniel Rogers McLeod Papers, 1957-1983, 2, 417 items and 1 volume. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

Boston College
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Menachem Arnoni Collection, 1961-1968, 23 linear feet. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

Clemson University Libraries
Special Collections

Clemson, SC
Papers: In the Edgar Brown Papers, ca. 1911-1975, 147 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Wofford Benjamin Camp Papers, ca. 1919-1983, 74 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Strom Thurmond Administrative Assistant Series Papers, ca. 1939-1979, 12 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Strom Thurmond Campaigns Series, ca. 1938-1980, 28 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Strom Thurmond Executive Assistant Series, ca. 1970-1986, 48 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Strom Thurmond Interim Series Papers, 1955-1956, 2.25 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Strom Thurmond Jean Crouch Thurmond Series, ca. 1943-1962, 8.5 cubic feet and 3 volumes. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Strom Thurmond Legislative Assistant Papers, 1970-1986, 77.5 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Strom Thurmond Subject Correspondence Series Papers, 1954-1976, 100 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
Papers: In the Daniel Rogers McLeod Papers, 1957-1983, 1.25 linear feet. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.
Papers: In the L. Mendel (Lucius Mendel) Rivers Papers, ca. 1946-1962, 20.8 linear feet. Correspondents include William J.B. Dorn.
Papers: In the Walter Monroe Newton Papers, 1919-1985, 633 items. Persons represented include Bryan Dorn.
Papers: In the Edgar Ansel Mowrer and Lilian T. Mowrer Papers, ca. 1898-1978, 60.4 linear feet. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.
Papers: In the John Osborne Papers, ca. 1900-1983, 39.2 linear feet. Persons represented include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

Princeton University Library
Mudd Manuscript Library

Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the David Lawrence Papers, ca. 1901-1975, 163 cubic feet. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Marvin Liebman Papers, 1953-1992, 150 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 album box, 7 envelopes, 5 phonotape reels. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Roger Kent Papers, ca. 1947-1974, 31 boxes and 3 cartons. Persons represented include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Philip A. Hart Papers, ca. 1949-1976, 281 linear feet. Persons represented include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Oral History: 1974, amount unknown. An oral history interview with William Jennings Bryan Dorn conducted on January 30, 1974. In the interview, Dorn discusses major changes in South Carolina and Southern politics since 1948; changes in the political status of blacks; social and economic advances by blacks in the last several decades; discussion of newer southern congressmen; the influence of the South in Congress; and, discussion of southern solidarity in Congress.

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Carl Bert Albert Congressional Papers, ca. 1910-1976, 1000 cubic feet. Other authors include William Jennings Bryan Dorn. An inventory is available in the repository.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Film Reel and Sound Tape Reel: 1974, 15 commercials on 1 film reel and 11 commercials on 1 sound tape reel. The commercials were used during William Jennings Bryan Dorn's campaign for the 1974 gubernatorial election in South Carolina, Democratic Party.

University of Oregon Libraries
Special Collections & University Archives

Eugene, OR
Papers: In the Willis E. Stone Papers, 1955-1982, 58.5 linear feet. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.

University of Texas at Austin
The Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 119 feet. Persons represented include William Jennings Bryan Dorn.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dorn, 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.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: W. J Bryan Dorn, Democratic Representative from South Carolina. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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