Burnet Rhett MAYBANK, Congress, SC (1899-1954)

Senate Years of Service:

MAYBANK, Burnet Rhett, a Senator from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., March 7, 1899; attended the public schools; graduated from Porter Military Academy, Charleston, S.C., and from the College of Charleston, South Carolina; served in the Navy during the First World War; engaged in the cotton export business 1920-1938; alderman of Charleston, S.C., 1927-1931; mayor of Charleston 1931-1938; member of the South Carolina State Advisory Board of the Federal Administration of Public Works 1933-1934; chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Authority 1934-1939; member of the Board of Bank Control 1933-1934; Governor of South Carolina 1939-1941; elected on September 30, 1941, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James F. Byrnes; reelected in 1942 and 1948 and served from November 5, 1941, until his death; chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses), co-chairman, Joint Committee on Defense Production (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); died at his summer home in Flat Rock, N.C., September 1, 1954; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.


Dictionary of American Biography; Cann, Marvin. “Burnet Rhett Maybank and the New Deal in South Carolina, 1931-1941.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of North Carolina, 1967; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 83rd Cong., 2nd sess., 1954. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1955.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present