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Charles 'Pug' Ravenel, credited with reinvigorating state Democrats in 1970s, dies at 79

Charles 'Pug' Ravenel (Source: University of South Carolina Library Policical Collections) Charles 'Pug' Ravenel (Source: University of South Carolina Library Policical Collections)
Ravenel, center, with President Jimmy Carter, left. (Source: University of South Carolina Library Political Collections) Ravenel, center, with President Jimmy Carter, left. (Source: University of South Carolina Library Political Collections)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The state's Democratic Party is remembering banker and politician Charles "Pug" Ravenel.

Ravenel died Saturday, according to Charleston County Coroner's Office. He was 79 years old.

Ravenel, a Wall Street Banker, was a political newcomer when he became the state Democratic party's nominee for governor of South Carolina in 1974, according to the University of South Carolina Library Political Collections website.

But a dispute over residency qualifications brought his gubernatorial bid to an end. 

He would also run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1978 and for Congress in 1980.

"While his political campaigns came up short, he embodied a progressive energy ahead of its time," SC Democratic Party spokesperson Jaime Harrison said.

Retired Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings called Ravenel at the time the "best thing that ever happened" to his party.

"We were dying," Hollings said. "He brought in fresh faces and fresh ideas."

A memorial service for Ravenel is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at St.Stephen's Episcopal Church in Charleston, according to Stuhr Funeral Home.

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