|Name||John Carl West|
Camden, South Carolina , United States
|| August 27, 1922
|| March 21, 2004
|Last Modified||Joshua L.|
May 22, 2004 11:43pm
|Info||John Carl West |
"The Color Blind Governor"
Former South Carolina governor, lieutenant governor, state senator and U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Born: Aug. 27, 1922, in Charlotte Thompson, a rural Kershaw County community
Education: Graduated from The Citadel, 1942; member Phi Beta Kappa; classmate and future U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings said West was the smartest fella in the class; law degree, USC, 1946
Military service: World War II veteran; commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army on June 10, 1942, and served until Feb. 22, 1946
Public service: State Highway Commission, 1948-52; state Senate, 1955-66; lieutenant governor, 1967-71; governor, 1971-75; U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1977-81
Family: Wife, Lois; children, Douglas, Shelton and John Jr.