William Jennings Bryan Dorn

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William Jennings Bryan Dorn
William Jennings Bryan Dorn.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1951 – December 31, 1974
Preceded by James Butler Hare
Succeeded by Butler Derrick
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by Butler B. Hare
Succeeded by James Butler Hare
Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Olin E. Teague
Succeeded by Ray Roberts
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Greenwood County
In office
January 14, 1941 – June 20, 1942
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Greenwood County
In office
January 10, 1939 – June 8, 1940
Personal details
Born April 14, 1916
Greenwood County, South Carolina
Died August 13, 2005(2005-08-13) (aged 89)
Greenwood, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mildred Johnson
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Corps
Years of service 1942 – 1945
Rank Army-USA-OR-04a.svg Corporal
Battles/wars World War II
European Theater

William Jennings Bryan Dorn (April 14, 1916 – August 13, 2005) was a United States politician from South Carolina who represented the western part of the state in the United States House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949 and from 1951 to 1975 as a Democrat.

Dorn, named after William Jennings Bryan, was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1938 and to the South Carolina Senate in 1940. He served in the Army Air Force in Europe during World War II.

Dorn was first elected to Congress in the 1946 election. In the 1948 election, he unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate seat that was later held by Strom Thurmond.

William Jennings Bryan Dorn (second from left)

Dorn returned to the House in the 1950 election. Dorn was known for his work on issues related to the military and civil rights[citation needed]. In 1966, journalist Drew Pearson reported that Dorn was one of a group of Congressman who had received the "Statesman of the Republic" award from Liberty Lobby for his "right-wing activities".[1] He left Congress to run for Governor of South Carolina in 1974. He lost the Democratic primary to Charles D. Ravenel, who was soon ruled[by whom?] ineligible on residency grounds required by the state constitution. A special state convention then chose Dorn as the Democratic candidate. He was defeated in the general election by Republican James B. Edwards, one of the few disappointments in what was generally a big year for Democrats. In 1978, Dorn again sought the Democratic nomination for Governor but was eliminated in a three way race won by Richard Riley. In 1980, he was elected chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.


  • 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


  1. ^ Pearson, Drew (November 2, 1966). "Judge Rules Against Liberty Lobby". The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia). p. 6. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Butler B. Hare
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
James Butler Hare
Preceded by
James Butler Hare
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Butler Derrick