Arthur Ravenel Jr Dies: Arthur Ravenel Jr. was an American businessman and politician from Charleston, South Carolina. He was born on March 29, 1927, and died on January 16, 2023. Ravenel was born in Charleston, South Carolina. From 1945 to 1946, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
In 1950, he got a bachelor’s degree in science from the College of Charleston. He sold houses and worked as a general contractor. From 1953 to 1959, he was a Democrat in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Ravenel switched to the Republican party in the early 1960s and ran for office many times. He lost three times for the South Carolina State Senate in 1962, 1974, and 1976, once for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971, and once for mayor of Charleston (also 1971).
Longtime Charleston Politician Arthur Ravenel Jr Dies at 95!
According to his family, former State Senator Arthur Ravenel Jr. died on Monday at 95. He was a state representative for Charleston, Georgetown, and Horry counties from 1953 to 1958. From 1981 to 1986, he was a state senator.
Ravenel was the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s first congressional district from 1987 to 1995. He returned to Columbia in 1997 and was a state senator from 1997 to 2003.
One of his most significant achievements may have been getting money for the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, which connects Mount Pleasant and the larger Charleston area and is named after him. In an interview with News 2 in 2015, Ravenel said that “finding money for the bridge” was the only reason he went back to the South Carolina Senate in 1997.
TONIGHT AT 11: Locals react to the death of Arthur Ravenel Jr.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with long-time Live 5 former anchor @BillSharpelive5 and others to learn about what “Cousin Arthur” was like outside of politics. Tune in at 11 for the full story. @Live5News pic.twitter.com/ZV2M47j7M1
— Anna Harris | Live 5 News (@annajamesharris) January 17, 2023
Ravenel was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on March 29, 1927. From 1945 to 1946, he was in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1950, he graduated from the College of Charleston. He and his first wife, Louise Rodgers, had six kids: Suzanne C., Arthur III, Renee, Eva, William, and Thomas. In 1974, Ravenel remarried Jean Elliott Rickenbaker.
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