CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) - Family, friends, and politicians said final goodbyes to former U.S. Senator and Governor Ernest “Fritz” Hollings on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s funeral service was in Charleston at The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel. He will be buried in a private ceremony.
The Citadel was once a place Hollings roamed in his youth - he graduated from the school in 1942. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Army.
A few years after his service, he started his political career right here in the state he called home. By the late 1950s, he was elected South Carolina’s governor. But he didn’t stop there by the mid 1960s he became U.S. senator, a title he held for almost 40 years.
He then retired for more than a decade before passing away inside his Isle of Palms home at the age of 97. But during all those years in politics, the Democrat garnered support from folks on both sides of the aisle.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Governor McMaster and U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn eulogized the former governor.