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Edward Lunn Young

Edward Lunn Young (September 7, 1920 – May 9, 2017) was a Republican U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Edward Lunn Young
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byJohn L. McMillan
Succeeded byJohn Jenrette
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Florence County
In office
Personal details
Born(1920-09-07)September 7, 1920
Florence, South Carolina
DiedMay 9, 2017(2017-05-09) (aged 96)
Florence, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic (until the 1960s)
Republican (1960s onward)
Alma materClemson College
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Air Corps
United States Army Reserves
Years of service1941–1946
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major


Young was born in Florence, South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson College (now Clemson University) in 1941. Not long after graduating, he joined the United States Army Air Corps and served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific during the last part of World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters.

After World War II, he stayed in the reserves for one year and was discharged as a major. He then returned to Florence and worked as a farmer, real estate broker and businessman.

Young was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives as a Democrat from Florence County in 1958 and served one term. He became a Republican sometime in the early 1960s and was active in state Republican politics, attending the state Republican conventions of 1968 and 1970. He was also a delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention.

In 1972, Young won the Republican nomination for South Carolina's 6th congressional district, in the state's northeast corner. He expected to face 17-term incumbent John L. McMillan, the longest-serving congressman in South Carolina history, in the primary. However, in a considerable upset, McMillan was defeated in the primary by a considerably more liberal Democrat, State Representative John Jenrette. Due to the gigantic Republican landslide of that year, Young won by over nine points, becoming the first Republican in history to represent this part of South Carolina.

Young's tenure in Congress was short-lived, however. The Republican Party did not have strong roots in this part of the state at the time, so Young was particularly vulnerable in the 1974 elections, which saw a nationwide backlash against Republicans due to Watergate. Jenrette sought a rematch against Young, and this time won by four points. Another rematch in 1976 resulted in Young being soundly defeated.

Young was the Republican candidate for Governor in 1978, but was soundly defeated by Democratic State Senator Richard Riley. When Jenrette was ensnared by Abscam in 1980, Young jumped into the Republican primary, only to be soundly defeated by John Light Napier, who went on to defeat Jenrette in November.

After his 1980 defeat, Young retired from politics. He died in his sleep on May 9, 2017.[1]


  1. ^ Lloyd, Joshua (May 10, 2017). "Former Congressman Ed Young dies at age 96". The States. Retrieved May 10, 2017.