Former state senator John Drummond of Ninety Six, S.C., passed away on September 3rd.
A World War II Air Force fighter pilot and successful businessman, Drummond represented Greenwood County in the Senate for over forty years and led the Senate as President Pro Tempore from 1996 to 2001. During his tenure, he witnessed the transformation of South Carolina from a solidly Democratic legislature to one dominated by Republicans.
A true maverick, Drummond enjoyed a good filibuster over issues on which he was passionate. In later years, he stood out among his Democratic peers for his willingness and ability to work across party lines for the good of the people of South Carolina.
Former governor Jim Hodges noted, “I wish we had more people like John Drummond in service across our country. He believed that once elections were over, you still work together to accomplish things and not work for your political party.”
Senator Drummond’s papers, some five linear feet of material, are available for research at SCPC.
A memorial exhibit has been mounted in the Brittain Gallery of the Hollings Library (the main lobby). Please stop by and learn more about this great South Carolinian.