Former Gov. Jim Edwards, who went from being a Mount Pleasant dentist to South Carolina’s first elected Republican governor since Reconstruction, died early this morning, according to family members. He was 87. A cause was not immediately released.
James B. Edwards served as a state senator before he was governor. He defeated General William C. Westmoreland in the 1976 Republican primary before defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan Dorn in the general election (Bryan Dorn was the nominee after Pug Ravenel was disqualified for residency issues.) He was appointed Secretary of Energy by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and resigned in 1982 to become president of the Medical University of South Carolina. Edwards served in the U.S. Maritime Service during World War II and in the U.S. Navy Reserve during the Korean conflict.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.