Soft-spoken, strong-willed SC Sen. John Drummond dies

(WSPA)

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Sen. John Drummond, who spent four decades representing the area around Greenwood at the Statehouse, has died.

Harley Funeral Home in Greenwood confirmed Drummond died Saturday. He was 96 years old.

Drummond was a soft-spoken World War II veteran who got the name “Bulldog” in the state Senate because of his iron will. But he would fight when he though he needed to, challenging Sen. Rembert Dennis to a fistfight early in his career.

The Democrat from Ninety Six served as majority leader for four years in the late 1990s before Republicans won a majority.

Drummond flew planes in World War II and survived 10 month in a German prisoner-of-war camp. He won election to the South Carolina House in 1965 and the Senate two years later.

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