Memory Hold The Door
Rembert Coney Dennis
Born in Pinopolis, son of Senator Edward James Dennis and Ella Mae Coney Dennis.
Educated at Furman University, A.B., 1936; University of South Carolina, LL.B., 1940; Georgetown University Law School, 1936-37. Admitted to the Bar, 1940. Honorary Degrees: Medical University of South Carolina, L.H.D., 1973; University of South Carolina, D.L., 1973; Clemson University, D.L., 1981; The Citadel, D.L., 1981; Charleston Southern University, D.L., 1989.
Practiced in Moncks Corner, 1940-92, senior partner in the firm of Dennis and Dennis. Former President, Berkeley County Bar Association. Member, S.C. Judicial Council, 1973-85. Farmer and cattleman, Stoney Landing Plantation.
State Senator, 1942-88; President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 1984-88; Chairman, Senate Finance Committee, 1972-88. State Representative, 1938-42. Board Member: State Budget and Control Board, 1972-88; S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Commission, 1972-85; S.C. Educational Television Commission, 1973-74.
Trustee, Medical University of S.C., 1961-72; Furman University, 1965-69; Baptist College at Charleston (now Charleston Southern University), 1971-76.
Enlightened statesman of South Carolina; progressive champion of fiscal responsibility; and premier wildlife conservationist.
Married: Natalie Brown. Six children: Rembert, Jr.; Natalie Dorn; E.J.; Mary Kathryn (deceased); Luke; and Beatrice.