William Jennings Bryan DORN
DORN, William Jennings Bryan, a Representative from South Carolina; born near Greenwood, Greenwood County, S.C., April 14, 1916; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; served in the State house of representatives in 1939 and 1940; member of the State senate in 1941 and 1942; enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces and served from June 20, 1942, until discharged as a corporal on October 12, 1945, nineteen months of which were in the European Theater; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); was not a candidate for renomination in 1948, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; resumed agricultural pursuits; elected to the Eighty-second Congress; reelected to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1951, until his resignation December 31, 1974; chairman, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (Ninety-third Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor; chairman, South Carolina Democratic party, 1980-1984; died on August 13, 2005, in Greenwood, S.C.
BibliographyDorn, 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.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present