CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — James B. Edwards, South Carolina’s initial Republican administrator given Reconstruction and after appetite secretary for dual years in a Reagan administration, has died. He was 87.
His son-in-law Ken Wingate reliable that Edwards died Friday.
Edwards, an verbal surgeon, helped build a complicated Republican Party in South Carolina, portion as Charleston County celebration authority and ancillary Barry Goldwater’s presidential debate in a 1960s. He after won a chair in a state Senate and then, in 1974, was inaugurated governor.
Edwards was singular to one reign underneath state law during a time. After withdrawal a governor’s mansion, he headed to Washington as President Ronald Reagan’s appetite secretary.
Edwards, who was innate in Florida though changed to Charleston County as a toddler, returned in 1982 to turn boss of a Medical University of South Carolina, a position he hold for 17 years before retiring.
“South Carolina has mislaid a politician and a Republican Party has mislaid a loyal pioneer,” pronounced Iris Campbell, widow of a late GOP Gov. Carroll Campbell, who worked in Edwards’ administration.
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley pronounced she’s beholden for a support and support Edwards gave her.
“Michael and we are deeply saddened by a flitting of Gov. Edwards, whose adore for South Carolina desirous him to offer until his final day,” she said.
Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, a senator given 1981, described Edwards as a “Palmetto lady who sought usually a best solutions for his community, state, and nation.” U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a former Charleston County Council chairman, pronounced Edwards was an early coach of his, and he’ll be “forever grateful for his advice.”
Entering a 1974 governor’s race, Edwards was not certain of his chances confronting obvious late Gen. William Westmoreland, who ordered U.S. infantry in Vietnam, in a GOP primary.
Edwards, who served in a U.S. Maritime Service during World War II and as a Navy Reserve officer during a Korean War, won a assignment though was still a Republican using in a Democratic state.
That year, however, a Democrats were divided after a state Supreme Court ruled that Democratic front-runner Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel did not accommodate a residency mandate to run for governor.
Edwards degraded U.S. Rep. Bryan Dorn — who became a Democratic hopeful in a special gathering — by about 17,500 votes.
In a 1999 Associated Press interview, Edwards pronounced a pursuit he many enjoyed was being governor, quite operative on mercantile development, preparation and appetite issues during a time when people seemed to work together. During his tenure, a Education Finance Act was passed. It stays a basement for how K-12 open preparation is saved in South Carolina.
“Anything we wanted, we could ask anyone in a state to assistance you,” he recalled. “I put divided narrow-minded politics when we got to Columbia. We had a whole Senate and a House, a immeasurable infancy operative with us.”
As Department of Energy secretary, Edwards served dual years operative on Reagan’s devise to tighten down a group — an thought that never done it by Congress.
In 1982, Edwards was recruited to take a MUSC job. He designed to stay usually a year or so though finished adult staying 17 years during a time when a university’s bill grew from $200 million to $840 million. During his tenure, some-more than 10,000 health professionals graduated from a university.
“God has sanctified me with a ability to collect good people,” he said. “I select good people and afterwards I’m intelligent adequate to stay out of a approach and let them do their jobs well.”
Multiple media outlets news his wake will be 1 p.m. Monday during St. Philip’s Church in Charleston. Visitation will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday during St. Luke’s Chapel on a Medical University of South Carolina campus in Charleston.
Seanna Adcox contributed to this news from Columbia.