Former South Carolina Governor Edwards dies at 87

(Reuters) – James Edwards, the first Republican elected governor of South Carolina since post-Civil War Reconstruction who also served in President Ronald Reagan’s Cabinet, died on Friday at age 87, his family said. Edwards’ election in 1974 marked a key early moment in South Carolina’s shift away from the Democratic Party as part of a broader embrace of the more conservative Republican Party across the South in the wake of the U.S. civil rights movement. Republicans in South Carolina now control the governor’s mansion as well as both U.S. …

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