April 14, 2022

Book commemorating the life of Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. to be released

Book commemorating the life of Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. to be released

A book celebrating the life of Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. is available for order with donations to benefit future Francis Marion University scholarships.


“Mr. Chairman: Honoring the Life of Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.” commemorates the life of Florence’s longtime senator and his dedication to the county, region and state he served for more than four decades.


Orders for the book can be placed with the Francis Marion University Education Foundation starting April 14, which would have been the senator’s 91st birthday.


Private funding financed the book’s publication and all proceeds generated will support FMU student-based scholarships.


“Our entire family has been touched by the outpouring of love and support since Hugh’s passing,” said Jean Leatherman, the senator’s wife of 43 years. “He led an extraordinary life, and we are proud to have his life commemorated through memories of those who knew and experienced his service in this special book. Our deepest appreciation to Francis Marion University and Dr. Fred Carter for this special tribute.”


The book is a collection of stories and tributes from  family, friends, and colleagues that offers a glimpse into Sen. Leatherman’s personal and professional life. While not a biography, “Mr. Chairman” includes many never before published photographs of Leatherman, from his time as a boy growing up in Lincoln County, North Carolina, to his many years serving in the South Carolina Senate. It also features republished journalistic pieces to highlight some of Leatherman’s accomplishments in state government 

Leatherman was elected to the South Carolina Senate in 1980, where he continued to serve until his death on November 12, 2021. During his 41-years in office, Leatherman held many leadership positions, including President Pro Tempore from 2014-2019 and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.


“Mr. Chairman” was produced through the use of private funding, and is available for a donation of $100. Copies can be reserved at http://connect.fmarion.edu/leatherman-book or by calling the FMU Education Foundation during normal business hours at 843-661-1295.