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Even during the Depression, Jimmy Byrnes had remembered the carriage rides. He was in South Carolina in 1930, campaigning for the U. S. Senate, and by late spring he had felt victory coming closer. Everywhere the economic uncertainty of the past few years was raising new men to power, and as he saw the growing crowds of unemployed throughout his state and talked with them about their fears, he began to feel confident this was his year to become a senator. Not that he had done badly for himself in earlier years; despite the stock market crash of 1929, he was still a well-to-do attorney, and as he traveled across South Carolina in 1930 asking desperate men for their votes, he and his wife, Maude, still rode above the red clay or the hot pavement in his Reo Flying Cloud automobile. Good times or bad, Jimmy Byrnes always had looked out for the main chance, and he kept his eyes on the road.
In the middle of a busy campaign, however, Byrnes found his thoughts turning back to the carriage rides of his youth. There had been many such rides, beginning with his childhood at Charleston, South Carolina, where Jimmy Byrnes had received rides home in a horse-drawn carriage and other practical assistance from the first of two courtly judges who later greatly