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Clara Gooding McMillan (August 17, 1894 – November 8, 1976) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, and wife of Thomas S. McMillan.

Clara Gooding McMillan
Clara McMillan.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st district
In office
November 7, 1939 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byThomas S. McMillan
Succeeded byL. Mendel Rivers
Personal details
Born(1894-08-17)August 17, 1894
Brunson, South Carolina
DiedNovember 8, 1976(1976-11-08) (aged 82)
Barnwell, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Thomas S. McMillan
Alma materConfederate Home College
Flora MacDonald College
Professioncivil servant



Born in Brunson, South Carolina, Mcmillan attended the public schools, Confederate Home College, Charleston, South Carolina, and Flora MacDonald College, Red Springs, North Carolina.

Mcmillan was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress by special election, on November 7, 1939, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Thomas S. McMillan, and served from November 7, 1939, to January 3, 1941.[1] She was not a candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress. She served in National Youth Administration, then the Office of Government Reports, Office of War Information, 1941. She was appointed information liaison officer for the Department of State, Washington, D.C., on January 1, 1946, and served until July 31, 1957.

McMillan resided in Barnwell, South Carolina, until her death on November 8, 1976. She was interred in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Clara G. McMillan (id: M000565)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


  1. ^ Martin, M. (2008). The Almanac Of Women And Minorities In American Politics 2002. Westview Press. p. 87. ISBN 9780786742912. Retrieved 2015-04-13.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas S. McMillan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
L. Mendel Rivers