Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr.

82nd Governor of the State of South Carolina 1987 to 1995

Date Born: July 24, 1940

Date Died: December 7, 2005

Place Born: Greenville, SC

Place Buried: All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery,
Pawleys Island, SC

Residence: Greenville, SC

Occupation: Realtor, Businessman


McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN: 1958
University of South Carolina

SC House of Representatives: 1971-1974

Executive Assistant to Gov. James Burrows Edwards: 1975

SC Senate: 1976-1978

US House of Representatives: 1979-1987

1986 General Election - Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. defeated Mike Daniel for the office of governor

1990 General Election - Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. defeated Theo Mitchell for the office of governor


Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. was born on July 24, 1940 in Greenville, SC, the son of Carroll Ashmore Campbell and Anne Marshall (Williams) Campbell. He atended Greenville public schools and graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN in 1958. A student at the University of South Carolina (1958) and the American University, he then completed an extension course in real estate in 1960 and became a licensed real estate banker.

The owner of Walnut Grove Farms in Greenville County, he also served as President of Handy-Park Company (1962-1978), Vice-President of Rex Enterprises, Inc., which owns/operates several Burger King restaurants, and Secretary of Budge Rent-a-Car in Greenville, SC.

On September 5, 1959, Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. married Iris Faye Rhodes. They had two children.

In the 1970 general election, Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. was first elected as one of eleven men to represent Greenville County in the House of Representatives of the:
- 99th General Assembly that met from 1971-1972
- 100th General Assembly that met from 1972-1974

In 1975, after losing his bid for Lieutenant Governor in the general election, Gov. James Burrows Edwards appointed Campbell his Executive Assistant for Public Affairs.

In the 1976 general election, Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. was elected as one of five men to represent the SC Senate District No. 2, which included Greenville County and Laurens County, of the:
- 102nd General Assembly that met from 1977-1978

Campbell resigned is SC Senate seat after being elected to the 4th SC District in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 1978. Re-elected three times, he served in the 96th, 97th, 98th, and 99th U.S. Congress.

Campbell served as state campaign chairman for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1980 and 1984, and as southern regional chairman for George Herbert Walker Bush's presidential campaign in 1988.

In the 1986 general election, Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. was elected as Governor of South Carolina. He was inaugurated on January 14, 1987, re-elected in 1990, and served as governor until January 11, 1995. Gov. Campbell coordinated the state's response to Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Campbell was also known for his role in luring BMW to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Greer, SC. In recognition of his role, in 2002 it was announced that BMW had donated $10 million for a facility at the site of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. Like nearly all such large donations, it came with naming rights: the company chose to call the new facility the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center.

During 1993–1994, Campbell was the chairman of the National Governors Association. Term limits prevented him from seeking a third term in 1994. He left office with an unprecedented job approval rating of 72 percent.

From 1995 to 2001, Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. was a Washington, DC lobbyist, serving as President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers. Campbell briefly considered running for U.S. President in 1996, but concluded that the fundraising hurdles were too high. Following his decision not to run for President that year, Campbell was mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential running mate for Bob Dole but was ultimately passed over in favor of Jack Kemp.

In October 2001 at the age of sixty-one, Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The revelation forced him to abandon plans to run for Governor again in 2002. He was admitted to a long-term residential treatment facility for Alzheimer's patients in August 2005. He died of a heart attack on December 7, 2005, at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC. After lying in state at the State House, he was eulogized at memorial services at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia and at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island. He was buried in the church cemetery of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawley's Island.


Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr., a U.S. Representative from SC; born in Greenville, SC on July 24, 1940; attended the public schools of Greenville, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN., and the University of South Carolina; real estate broker, farmer, and businessman; served in the SC House of Representatives, 1970-1974; appointed executive assistant by the Governor, 1975; served in the SC Senate, 1976-1978; delegate to Republican National Convention, 1976; elected as a Republican to the 96th and to the three succeeding U.S. Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1987); was not a candidate for re-election in 1986; Governor of South Carolina, 1987-1995; President and CEO, American Council of Life Insurance, 1995-2001; died on December 7, 2005, in Lexington, SC.

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