Library of Congress
BLEASE, Coleman Livingston (1868-1942)
Senate Years of Service: 1925-1931

BLEASE, COLEMAN LIVINGSTON, a Senator from South Carolina; born near Newberry, Newberry County, S.C., October 8, 1868; attended the common schools; graduated from the law department of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1889; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Newberry, S.C.; member, State house of representatives 1890-1894, 1899, and 1900, serving as speaker pro tempore 1892-1894; mayor of Helena, S.C., in 1897; city attorney of Newberry in 1901 and 1902; member, State senate 1905-1909, serving as president pro tempore in 1906 and 1907; mayor of Newberry in 1910; Governor of South Carolina 1911-1915; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1925, to March 3, 1931; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1930; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1934 and 1938; elected a member of the State unemployment compensation commission for a four-year term beginning in 1941; died in Columbia, S.C., January 19, 1942; interment in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, S.C.

Clemson University
Special Collections
Clemson, SC
Papers: Correspondence in the Benjamin R. Tillman papers, 1767-1950 (bulk 1890-1918).

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Columbia, SC
Papers: 1911-1915. 50 feet. Gubernatorial papers and photograph.

University of South Carolina
South Caroliniana Library
Columbia, SC
Papers: 1962-1968. 22 feet. Includes correspondence, reports, and memoranda covering Senate career. Subjects include trade and tariff, commerce, social security, unemployment, armed services, veterans, and foreign policy. Also scrapbooks (1910-1930) concerning his political career.
Additional Papers: Correspondence and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings relating to Blease's term as governor and campaign and term in the Senate in the John Kinard Aull papers, 1905-1957 (bulk 1912-1936); and correspondence in the John Gardiner Richards papers, 1889-1957; and Andrew Charles Moore papers, 1882-1941.

  • Burnside, Ronald Dantan. "The Governorship of Coleman Livingston Blease of South Carolina, 1911-1915.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1963.
  • Hollis, Daniel W. "Cole Blease: The Years Between the Governorship and the Senate, 1915-1924.'' South Carolina Historical Magazine 80 (January 1979): 1-17.
  • ___. "Cole L. Blease and the Senatorial Campaign of 1924.'' Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (1978): 53-68.
  • McCauley, M.L. "Cole Blease and the Senatorial Campaign of 1918: A Study in Ambivalent Apology.'' In The Oratory of Southern Demagogues, edited by Cal M. Logue and Howard Dorgan, pp. 111-29. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.
  • Miller, Anthony Barry. "Coleman Livingston Blease." Master's thesis, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1971.
  • Simon, Bryant. "The Appeal of Cole Blease of South Carolina: Race, Class, and Sex in the New South." Journal of Southern History 62 (February 1996): 57-86.
  • ___. A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
  • Stone, Clarence N. "Bleaseism and the 1912 Election in South Carolina.'' North Carolina Historical Review 40 (January 1963): 54-74.