ROBERT EVANDER MCNAIR SR. (December 14, 1923 – November 17, 2007), was the 108th governor of South Carolina , a Democrat , who served from 1965 to 1971.
McNair was born in Cades , a town in Williamsburg County , South
Carolina. In 1944, he married Josephine Robinson of Allendale , South
Carolina. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having been
Bronze Star . After the war, he completed his bachelor's
degree in 1947 at the
University of South Carolina , where he was a
member of the
McNair won the 1966 general election over State Representative Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. , of Manning , the first Republican gubernatorial nominee in South Carolina in the 20th century.
McNair was a pro-education governor. After his term as governor, he
originated McNair Law Firm, P.A. in Columbia. He was inducted into the
South Carolina Hall of Fame, and awarded an honorary doctorate in 2005
Francis Marion University
McNair was governor during the
McNair was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor during a checkup on September 28, 2007, from which he died in Charleston on November 17.
The following week, on November 25, 2007, the late Governor McNair's widow, former First Lady of South Carolina, Josephine Robinson McNair, died at age 84.
On December 19, 2007, about a month after her parents died, Claudia Crawford McNair, died at age 50. She was from Jamestown in Berkeley County , South Carolina.
On January 22, 2008, Governor and Mrs. McNair's only son, Robert E. McNair, Jr., of Columbia, died at age 60 after a seven-year battle with cancer.
* ^ Grose, Philip (2006). South Carolina at the Brink: Robert McNair and the Politics of Civil Rights. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. p. 50. * ^ Edgar, Walter, ed. The South Carolina Encyclopedia, University of South Carolina Press, 2006, pp. 615–616, ISBN 1-57003-598-9 * ^ "Joseph Oscar Rogers, Jr.". law.sc.edu. Retrieved May 3, 2014. * ^ Former Gov. Robert McNair hospitalized with brain tumor * ^ Former SC Gov. Robert McNair dies at