MAYBANK, Burnet Rhett (1899-1954)
Senate Years of Service: 1941-1954

MAYBANK, BURNET RHETT, a Senator from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., March 7, 1899; attended the public schools; graduated from Porter Military Academy, Charleston, S.C., and from the College of Charleston, South Carolina; served in the Navy during the First World War; engaged in the cotton export business 1920-1938; alderman of Charleston, S.C., 1927-1931; mayor of Charleston 1931-1938; member of the South Carolina State Advisory Board of the Federal Administration of Public Works 1933-1934; chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Authority 1934-1939; member of the Board of Bank Control 1933-1934; Governor of South Carolina 1939-1941; elected on September 30, 1941, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James F. Byrnes; reelected in 1942 and 1948 and served from November 5, 1941, until his death; chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses), co-chairman, Joint Committee on Defense Production (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); died at his summer home in Flat Rock, N.C., September 1, 1954; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.

Clemson University
Special Collections
Clemson, SC
Papers: Correspondence in Paul Quattlebaum papers, 1860-1964; and Ben Robertson papers, 1903-1982.

College of Charleston
Charleston, SC
Papers: 1924-1954 (bulk 1941-1954). 350 cubic feet. Personal and political correspondence and papers, including applications and appointments, legislative files, committee files, constituent correspondence, office memos, scrapbooks, campaign material, and photographs.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Columbia, SC
Papers: 1939-1941. 42 feet. Gubernatorial papers and photographs.

South Carolina Historical Society
Charleston, SC
Papers: Correspondence in News and Courier records, 1913-1932; and Eola Williams papers, 1866-1931.

University of South Carolina
South Carolina Political Collections
Columbia, SC
Papers: Scrapbook, 1947-1950; correspondence in Walter Monroe Newton papers, 1919-1985; Wil Lou Gray papers, 1900-1976; Lander family papers, 1808-1962; and Solomon Blatt papers, 1945-1986; bills and resolutions introduced by Maybank (1942-1954) in John Lanneau McMillan papers, 1938-1972; material pertaining to his unsuccessful campaign opposing Maybank (1948) in William Jennings Bryan Dorn papers, 1912-1988; references and clippings in William D. Workman, Jr., papers, 1915-1985; and 1 brief biographical sketch (1954). Related Collections: Gubernatorial Records (S.C. Department of Archives & History) Burnet R. Maybank Senatorial Papers (College of Charleston).

Winthrop College Library
Rock Hill, SC
Papers: Correspondence in Henry Radcliffe Sims papers, 1917-1972. Finding aid.

  • Cann, Marvin Leigh. "Burnet Rhett Maybank and the New Deal in South Carolina, 1931-1941.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Burnet Rhett Maybank, Late a Senator from South Carolina. 83d Cong., 2d sess., 1954. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1955.