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James Albert Lander

James Albert Lander was American military officer, controller. Decorated Bronze Star, Legion of Merit; recipient Arc Legislation award, 1999, Order of Palmetto State of South Carolina, 1985, Palmetto Cross, 1991, Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American, 1990; named Legislator of Year South Carolina Association Counties and South Carolina Association Deaf, 1994.


  • Lander, James Albert was born on April 9, 1930 in Abbeville, South Carolina, United States. Son of William Jones and Annie (Cheatham) Lander.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Lander College, 1986. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Lander University, 2000.


    • Technician South Carolina National Guard, Abbeville, 1952-1953. Life insurance salesman Gulf Life Pilot, Metropolitan, Anderson, South Carolina, 1953-1966. Major United States Army, 1966-1971.

      Plans and operations officer, chief of staff South Carolina Army National Guard, Columbia, 1971-1985, major general military, 1988-1991. Member South Carolina Senate, 1993-1999. Elected state comptroller State of South Carolina, 1999—2003.


    Religious liberty is not merely the right to remain in the religion of one’s birth, but includes the right of anyone to change his religious loyalties without fear of persecution.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Heaven is a real place existing either in this realityor another reality. It is where God resides. It is where those who have trusted Jesus as their Savior will go when they die.

    Denomination: Baptist


    Life is not about things, possessions, or money, but about relationships.


    Chairman RSVP Advisory Committee, since 1991, Newberry County Literacy Association, 1991-1993. Deacon Newberry 1st Baptist Church. Past chairman Boy Scouts American, Newberry.

    Member of AARP (president), Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association American, Chamber of Commerce Newberry, Association United States Army, Military Order World Wars, Vietnam Veterans Association, Exchange Club, Rotary, Masons, Shriners, American Legion.



    Reading, gardening.


    • Married Jolene Patricia Smith, June 8, 1952. Children: Theresa (deceased), Britt, Leslie, Victoria (deceased), Gail, Jean, David.
    • father: William Jones Lander
    • mother: Annie (Cheatham) Lander
    • spouse: Jolene Patricia Smith
    • children: Theresa Lander (deceased)
    • Britt Lander
    • Leslie Lander
    • Victoria Lander (deceased)
    • Gail Lander
    • Jean Lander
    • David Lander
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    • 1986
      Lander College
    • 1952 - 1953
      Technician South Carolina National Guard
      Abbeville, Louisiana, United States
    • 1953 - 1966
      life insurance salesman Gulf Life Pilot
      Anderson, California, United States
    • 1966 - 1971
      major United States Army
    • 1971 - 1985
      plans and operations officer
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • 1988 - 1991
      plans and operations officer
    • 1993 - 1999
      member, South Carolina Senate
    • 1999 - 2003
      elected state comptroller, State of South Carolina
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