Born on May 2, 1879 in Charleston: (historically recorded date of birth, Byrnes was actually born on May 2, 1882)
Educated in the public schools of Charleston, SC
Court Reporter for the Second Circuit of South Carolina, 1900-1908
Editor of The Aiken Journal and Review, 1903-1907
Admitted to the bar in 1903 after studying law under Judge James Aldrich
Married Miss Maude Busch on May 2, 1906
Solicitor for the Second Circuit, 1908-1910
Member of the United States Congress from the Second District, 1911-1925
United States Senator from South Carolina, 1931-1941
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1941-1942
Director of the Office of Economic Stabilization, 1942-1943 (became apopularly known as the Assistant President)
Director of the Office of War Mobilization, 1943-1944
Secretary of State of the United States, 1945-1947
Governor of South Carolina, 1951-1955
United States Delegate to the United Nations, 1953
Died on April 9, 1972 in Columbia
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