GOVERNORS OF SOUTH CAROLINA


Proprietary Governors of the Province of South Carolina from 1670 to 1719.
William Sayle, commissioned in England, 26th July, 1669
Joseph West, 28th August, 1671
Sir John Yeamans, 26th December, 1671
Joseph Wrest (second time), 13th August, 1674
Joseph Morton, 26th September, 1682
Joseph West (third time), 6th September, 1684
Sir Richard Kirle (time unknown)
Colonel Robert Quarry (time unknown)
Joseph Morton (second time), 1685
James Colleton, 1686
Seth Sothel, 1690
Philip Ludwell, 1692
Thomas Smith, 1693
Joseph Blake, 1694
John Archdale, 1695
Joseph Blake (second time), 1696
James Moore, 1700
Sir Nathaniel Johnson, 1703
Edward Tyute, December, 1709
Robert Gibbes, 1710
Charles Craven, 1712
Robert Daniel, 1716
Robert Johnson, 1717, deposed in 1719

In 1719, there was a bloodless revolution, by which the government was changed from Proprietary to Regal government. Pending which, Robert Johnson was deposed and James Moore was elected by a convention of the people as Governor, and for a year or more was recognized as such.

The Royal Governors were as follows:
Sir Francis Nicholson, from 1721 to 1725
Arthur Middleton, 1725 to 1730
Robert Johnson, 1730 to 1735
Thomas Broughton, 1735 to 1737
William Bull, 1737 to 1743
James Glen, 1743 to 1756
William Henry Littleton, 1756 to 1760
William Bull, 1760 to 1761
Thomas Boone, 1762 to 1763
William Bull, 1763 to 1766
Lord Charles Gevillo Montague, 1766 to 1769
William Bull, 1769 to 1775
Lord William Campbell, from June, 1775 to September, 1775

Under the temporary Constitution of 1776, there were two Presidents, John Rutledge and Rawlins Lowndes.

Under the Constitution of 1778, to the Constitution of 1790, there were six Governors,
John Rutledge, 1779 to 1782
John Matthews. 1782 to 1783, inclusive
Benjamin Guerard, 1783 to 1785
William Moultrie, 1785 to 1787
Thomas Pinckney, 1787 to 1789
Charles Pinckney, 1789 to 1790, inclusive

Under the Constitution of 1790, and up to the Constitution of 1865:
Charles Pinckney, 1791
A. Vanderhorst, 1793
William Moultrie, 1795
Edward Rutledge, 1798
John Drayton, 1800
James B. Richardson, 1802
Paul Hamilton, 1804
Charles Pinckney, 1806
John Drayton, 1808
Hugh Middleton, 1810 to 1812
Joseph Alston, 1812 to 1814
David R. Williams, 1814 to 1816
Andrew Pickens, 1816 to 1818
John Geddes, 1818 to 1820
Thomas Burnett, 1820 to 1822
John L. Wilson, 1822 to 1824
Richard J. Manning, 1824 to 1826
John Taylor, 1826 to 1828
Stephen D. Miller, 1828 to 1830
James Hamilton, 1830 to 1832
Robert Y. Hayne, 1832 to 1834
George McDuffie, 1834 to 1836
Pierce M. Butler, 1836 to 1838
Patrick Noble, 1838, died and B. K. Henagan, Lt. Gov., to 1840
John P Richardson, 1840 to 1842
J. H. Hammond, 1842 to 1844
William Aiken, 1844 to 1846
David Johnson, 1846 to 1848
Whitemarsh B. Seabrook, 1848 to 1850
John A. Means, 1850 to 1852
John L. Manning, 1852 to 1854
James H. Adams, 1854 to 1856
R. F. W Alston, 1856 to 1858
William H. Gist, 1858 to 1860
Francis W Pickens, 1860 to 1862
Milledge L. Bonham, 1862 to 1864
A. G. Magrath, 1864 to 1866
B. F Perry, by Andrew Johnson, President, 1866 to 1867
James L. Orr, 1867 to 1868

Under the Constitution of 1868
Robert K. Scott (two terms), 1868 to 1872
F J. Moses, Jr., 1872 to 1874
Daniel H. Chamberlain, 1874 to 1876
Wade Hampton (two terms), 1876 to 1880
Johnson Hagood, 1880 to 1882
Hugh S. Thompson (two terms), 1882 to 1884, resigning during second term to accept Assistant Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.
John C. Shephard, Lieut. Gov., filled place to 1886
John Peter Richardson (two terms), 1886 to 1890
Benjamin R. Tillman, 1890 to 1894
John Gary Evans, 1894 to 1896
W. H. Ellerbe (two terms), 1896 to 1900, Ellerbe dying, M. B. McSweeney, Lieut. Gov., to 1900;
M. B. McSweeney, 1900 to 1903, present Governor.


Source: A History of Marion County, South Carolina, by W. W. Sellers, Esq., Columbia, South Carolina, 1902.


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