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Former Congressman Butler Carson Derrick, Jr. Dies at 77

web posted May 6, 2014

EDGEFIELD Congressman Butler Carson Derrick, Jr., former Congressman for the Third District of South Carolina, 1975-1995, passed at his home in Easley, S.C., at 2:03 Monday afternoon, May 5, 2014. He was surrounded by his family as he died peacefully. Derrick was diagnosed with cancer in October. He was 77 years old and had a lifetime of public service. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized and will be released later.

Derrick, the Representative for the third congressional district from South Carolina, was born in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., September 30, 1936. He attended the public schools in Mayesville, S.C., and Florence, S.C.; attended University of South Carolina, 1954-1958; LL.B., University of Georgia Law School, 1965; admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1965 and commenced practice in Edgefield when he started the law firm Derrick and Byrd with John F. Byrd, Jr., also of Edgefield.

He served in the South Carolina house of representatives from 1969-1974 serving on the Rules and Ways and Means Committee. He was a delegate to South Carolina State Democratic conventions in 1972, 1974 and a delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1974. He was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1995) and did not register as a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress.







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