The man who said no to a President
Johnnie Mac Walters, who graduated from Furman in 1942, remembers being pressured more than 40 years ago to do what he considered unthinkable. In the early 1970s, when embattled President Richard Nixon sought to use the Internal Revenue Service as a weapon to investigate his enemies, the administration turned to Walters, head of the tax agency, to do the dirty work. Walters, now 93, said he refused. The Greenville News recalled Walters’ story in a feature article, which was also published in USA Today.