John L. McMillan

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John Lanneau McMillan
Congressman John L. McMillan.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byElizabeth H. Gasque
Succeeded byEdward Lunn Young
Personal details
Born(1898-04-12)April 12, 1898
Mullins, South Carolina
DiedSeptember 3, 1979(1979-09-03) (aged 81)
Florence, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
University of South Carolina
National University School of Law

John Lanneau "Johnny Mac" McMillan (April 12, 1898 – September 3, 1979) was a United States Representative from South Carolina. Born on a farm near Mullins, he was educated at Mullins High School, the University of North Carolina, as well as the University of South Carolina Law School and National Law School in Washington, D.C. He was selected to represent the United States Congress at the Interparliamentary Union in London in 1960, and in Tokyo in 1961.

McMillan was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1939 to January 3, 1973; while in Congress he was chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia from 1945 to 1947, from 1949 to 1953, and from 1955 to 1973. He was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. When Walter Washington, the Mayor-Commissioner of the District of Columbia, sent his first budget to Congress in late 1967, McMillan responded by having a truckload of watermelons delivered to Washington's office.[1]

McMillan was defeated in the 1972 Democratic primary by a considerably more liberal Democrat, State Representative John Jenrette. McMillan blamed black voters, charging that "The colored people were bought out."[2]

He is still the longest-serving congressman in South Carolina's history, and only Strom Thurmond and Ernest Hollings represented the state longer at the federal level.

He resided in Florence, South Carolina, where he died in 1979; interment was in the McMillan family cemetery, Mullins.


  • United States Congress. "John L. McMillan (id: M000568)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ Harry S. Jaffe and Tom Sherwood. Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington D.C. Simon & Schuster, 1994, p.62
  2. ^ "This is D.C. statehood's only way forward". Washington Post.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elizabeth H. Gasque
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward Lunn Young