Today in History: James F. Byrnes

James F. Byrnes 1916 newspaper advertisement
Today in History–May 2–the Library of Congress features politician James F. Byrnes, born on this date in 1882. Byrnes represented South Carolina in the House (1911-25) and Senate (1931-41) and was only defeated once, in 1924, for refusing endorsement by the Ku Klux Klan. Byrnes also served as a Supreme Court justice, U.S. secretary of state and Governor of South Carolina. Learn more about Time magazine’s 1946 “Man of the Year” by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images, related newspaper articles, and a biography of James F. Byrnes.

James F. Byrnes image set

James F. Byrnes historical newspaper coverage

James F. Byrnes biography

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