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Thomas Moffatt Burriss (September 22, 1919 – January 4, 2019) was an American businessman and politician in the state of South Carolina.

Moffatt Burriss
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 78th district
In office
Personal details
Thomas Moffatt Burriss

(1919-09-22)September 22, 1919
Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedJanuary 4, 2019(2019-01-04) (aged 99)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Louisa Hay (d.)
Jean Wheelwright
ResidenceColumbia, South Carolina
Occupationgeneral contractor



Burriss was born in Anderson, South Carolina and received his bachelor's degree from Clemson University, He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party from 1977 to 1992, representing Richland County, South Carolina. He was a general contractor, and was a veteran of World War II.[1]

World War IIEdit

Burriss participated in Operation Market Garden and came regularly to the Netherlands for commemorations of World War II. In 2009 he received the Zilveren Stadspenning; an award of the city of Nijmegen. The award was for the 82nd Airborne Division, in which he served.[2] The actions of Burriss and the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Market Garden was the inspiration for the movie A Bridge Too Far (1977).[3]


  1. ^ "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography".
  2. ^ Moffatt Burris, held van de Waaloversteek, overleden,, 5 January 2018.
  3. ^ SC veteran who 'delivered freedom to people around the world' dies Friday, The State, 4 January 2018.

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