Born in Charleston in 1922, E. "Fritz" Hollings (1922- ) received his education in local public schools and the Citadel, from which he graduated in 1942. During WWII, Hollings served in the U.S. Army as a captain in an anti-aircraft unit. After the war, Hollings attended the University of South Carolina from which he received a law degree in 1947. He then began a law practice in Charleston. His political career began in 1949 when Hollings was elected to the state House of Representatives, in which he served as Speaker Pro Tempore from 1951 until 1954. During 1954 and 1955, he was a member of the Hoover Commission, serving on the Intelligence Activities staff. In 1954, Hollings was elected governor and served until 1959. In 1966, Hollings was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Senator Olin D. Johnston. He continues to serve in the U.S. Senate.
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