SPENCE, Floyd Davidson

SPENCE, Floyd Davidson
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1928–2001

Biography

SPENCE, Floyd Davidson, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Columbia, Richland County, S.C., April 9, 1928; graduated from Lexington High School, Lexington, S.C.; B.A., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 1952; LL.B., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 1956; United States Naval Reserve, 1947-1988; admitted to the South Carolina state bar, 1956; member of the South Carolina state house of representatives, 1956-1962; member of the South Carolina state senate, 1966-1970, and served as minority leader 1966-1970; delegate, South Carolina State Republican conventions; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1964-1984; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-August 16, 2001); chairman, Committee on National Security (One Hundred Fourth and One Hundred Fifth Congresses); chairman, Committee on Armed Services (One Hundred Sixth Congress); died on August 16, 2001, in Jackson, Miss.; interment in St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lexington, S.C.

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

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External Research Collections

California State Library
California History Room

Sacramento, CA
Papers: In the Paul Gann Archive, 1978-1986, amount unknown. Persons represented include Floyd Spence.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the Sierra Club National Legislative Office Records, 1960- on-going, 200 linear feet. Persons represented include Floyd Spence.

The University of South Carolina Libraries
South Carolina Political Collections

Columbia, SC
Papers: ca. 1928-2001, 75 feet. This large collection primarily documents Spence's tenure serving South Carolina's Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971-2001, where he chaired the Committee on National Security, later renamed the Committee on Armed Services (1995-2000). The papers are divided into six series: Public Papers, Personal Papers, Travel, Speeches, Audiovisual, and Clippings. Public papers are further divided into Administrative, Contacts, Public Relations, Schedules, Topical, and Voting Record files.
Oral History: 1992, 33-page transcript. In this 1992 interview, Spence discusses his entry into politics and decision to resign from the Democratic Party and join the Republican Party.
Papers: In the Charles Evans Boineau, Jr. Papers, 1934-2003, 2.5 linear feet. Persons represented include Floyd Spence.
Papers: In the League of Women Voters of South Carolina Papers, 1919-2001, 39 linear feet. Persons represented include Floyd Spence.
Oral History: 1978, 10-page transcript. In this 1978 interview conducted for the show "University Forum," Spence discusses various topics including taxes and inflation, cuts in appropriations, special interest rating groups, and the media's role in the 1978 campaign.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Floyd Spence, Republican Representative from South Carolina. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

Spence, Floyd D. "In Defense of Freedom." In The Case Against the Reckless Congress, edited by Marjorie Holt, 203-11. Ottawa, Ill: Green Hill Publishers, 1976.

___. "Sea Lanes are Lifelines: Are They Secure?" In Can You Afford This House?, edited by David Treen, 111-21. Ottawa, Ill.: Green Hill Books, 1978.

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