Current Status Bill Number:
539Type of Legislation: Senate Resolution SRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19950216Primary Sponsor: J. Verne SmithAll Sponsors: J. Verne Smith, Alexander, Bryan, Cork, Courson, Courtney, Drummond, Elliott, Ford, Giese, Glover, Gregory, Hayes, Holland, Jackson, Land, Lander, Leatherman, Leventis, Martin, Matthews, McConnell, McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell, Passailaigue, Patterson, Peeler, Rankin, Reese, Richter, Rose, Russell, Ryberg, Saleeby, Setzler, Short, Greg Smith, Stilwell, Thomas, Waldrep, Washington, Williams and WilsonDrafted Document Number: PFM\7059BDW.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19950216Subject: Mary Gordon Ellis
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19950216 Introduced, adoptedView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONING OF A PORTRAIT OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S FIRST WOMAN SENATOR, MARY GORDON ELLIS, TO BE PLACED IN THE SENATE CHAMBER AS A TRIBUTE TO THIS PIONEER LEGISLATOR.
Whereas, the Honorable Mary Gordon Ellis was elected to the South Carolina State Senate in 1928; and
Whereas, while serving in the Senate, 1929-1932, she was very active and served on numerous committees including: education, incorporations, military, privileges and elections, natural resources, charitable institutions, penitentiary, and retrenchments; and
Whereas, after a brief life of accomplishing many positive changes for our State, Mary Gordon Ellis died in 1934 at the age of forty-four from cancer; and
Whereas, in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in her work and influence. A portrait in the State House would honor her work while educating South Carolina citizens about her important contributions; and
Whereas, Mary Gordon Ellis is deserving of permanent recognition and tribute in a special manner. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the Senate authorize the commissioning of a portrait of South Carolina's first woman Senator, Mary Gordon Ellis, to be placed in the Senate Chamber as a tribute to this pioneer legislator.
Be it further resolved that the President of the Senate appoint a committee of five members of the Senate, with one to be designated as chairman, to handle the arrangements and details of the hanging of the portrait including, but not limited to, the appropriate location for the portrait and the ceremony of unveiling and dedicating the portrait.