Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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RIVERS, Lucius Mendel (1905-1970)

RIVERS, LUCIUS MENDEL, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Gumville, Berkeley County, S.C., September 28, 1905; attended the public schools, the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., and the University of South Carolina at Columbia; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1932 and commenced practice in Charleston, S.C.; member of the State house of representatives 1933-1936; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1941, until his death in Birmingham, Ala., December 28, 1970; chairman, Committee on Armed Services (Eighty-ninth through Ninety-first Congresses); interment in St. Stephen Episcopal Church Cemetery, St. Stephen, S.C.

The Citadel Archives-Museum
Charleston, SC
Papers: 1959-1970. 60 feet.
Chiefly constituent correspondence regarding legislation, requests for jobs, transfers, and special assistance during his service in the House of Representatives. Also speeches and press coverage. Little material related to Armed Services Committee. Unpublished finding aid in repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Quantity undetermined.
Constituent correspondence.

  • Huntley, Will F. "Mighty Rivers of Charleston." Ph.D. diss., University of South Carolina, 1993.
  • Ravenel, Marion Rivers. Rivers Delivers. Charleston, S.C.: Wyrick and Company, 1994.
  • Rivers, Margaret Middletion, Margaret M. R. Eastman, and L. Mendel Rivers, Jr., Mendel And Me: Life With Congressman L. Mendel Rivers. Charleston, S. C.: History Press, 2007.
  • U.S. Congress. House. Unveiling of a Portrait of The Honorable L. Mendel Rivers. Proceedings before the Committee on Armed Services, Wednesday, May 1, 1968. 90th Congress. 2nd session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1968.