Thomas S. Gettys

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Thomas Smithwick Gettys
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from South Carolina's 5th district
In office
November 3, 1964 December 31, 1974
Preceded by Robert W. Hemphill
Succeeded by Kenneth Lamar Holland
Personal details
Born(1912-06-19)June 19, 1912
Rock Hill, South Carolina
DiedJune 8, 2003(2003-06-08) (aged 90)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Clemson College
Erskine College (A.B.)
Duke University
Winthrop College
Occupation school administrator, lawyer
Military service
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1942 1946

Thomas Smithwick Gettys (June 19, 1912 – June 8, 2003) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they compose the legislature of the United States.

South Carolina State of the United States of America

South Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States and the easternmost of the Deep South. It is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the southwest by Georgia across the Savannah River.

Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Gettys was educated in the Rock Hill public schools. He attended Clemson College. Erskine College, A.B., 1933. Graduate work at Duke University and Winthrop College. He was in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was a teacher. School administrator, Central School from 1935 to 1941. He served as staff for United States Representative James P. Richards from 1942 to 1951. Postmaster, Rock Hill, South Carolina from 1951 to 1954. He was a lawyer in private practice. Past member and chairman of the board of trustees of Rock Hill School District Three from 1953 to 1960.

Rock Hill, South Carolina City in South Carolina, United States

Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina, United States and the fifth-largest city in the state. It is also the fourth-largest city of the Charlotte metropolitan area, behind Charlotte, Concord, and Gastonia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 66,154. In 2016, the population had increased to 72,937. The total population of Rock Hill inside the city limits and outside the city limits as of 2017 was estimated at 117,375 people.

Duke University Private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

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Gettys was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and to the Eighty-ninth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Robert W. Hemphill, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (November 3, 1964 – December 31, 1974). He resigned on December 31, 1974. He was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974. He died on June 8, 2003, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He was interred in Neely's Creek Associate Reformed Church Cemetery, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Democratic Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

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The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress and its predecessor, the Continental Congress. Also included are Delegates from territories and the District of Columbia and Resident Commissioners from the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert W. Hemphill
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Kenneth Lamar Holland

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