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List of governors of South Carolina

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Governor of South Carolina
Seal of the Governor of South Carolina.png
Incumbent
Henry McMaster

since January 24, 2017
StyleHis Excellency
Term lengthFour years, renewable once consecutively

This is a list of South Carolina governors. The current governor of South Carolina is Henry McMaster who has been in office since January 24, 2017. South Carolina governors are counted only once; therefore, Joseph West, for instance, a colonial governor who served three non-consecutive terms, is considered the 2nd Governor of South Carolina, not the 2nd, 4th, and 7th.

Colonial period (1670–1775)

Statehood period (1776–present)

Presidents under the Articles of Confederation

The General Assembly chose the president for a term of two years.

Parties

  No party

# President Took Office Left Office Lt. Governor Party Notes
31
John Rutledge.jpg
John Rutledge March 26, 1776 March 5, 1778 Henry Laurens No party 1st time, Resigned
32
Rawlins Lowndes.jpg
Rawlins Lowndes March 6, 1778 January 9, 1779 James Parsons No party British prisoner
during Revolutionary War

Governors under the Articles of Confederation

The General Assembly chose the governor for a term of two years.

Parties

  No party

# Governor Took Office Left Office Lt. Governor Party Notes
John Rutledge.jpg
John Rutledge January 9, 1779 January 31, 1782 Thomas Bee
Christopher Gadsden
No party 2nd time
33
John Mathews (South Carolina Governor).jpg
John Mathews January 31, 1782 February 4, 1783 Richard Hutson No party
34
No image.svg
Benjamin Guerard February 4, 1783 February 11, 1785 Richard Beresford
William Moultrie
William Moultrie
No party
35
William Moultrie portrait.jpg
William Moultrie February 11, 1785 February 20, 1787 Charles Drayton No party 1st time
36
Thomas Pinckney.jpg
Thomas Pinckney February 20, 1787 January 26, 1789 Thomas Gadsden Federalist
37
Charles Pinckney.jpg
Charles Pinckney January 26, 1789 December 5, 1792 Alexander Gillon Federalist 1st time

Governors under the Constitution of 1790

The General Assembly chose the governor for a term of two years.

Parties

  Democratic   Federalist   Democratic-Republican

# Governor Took Office Left Office Lt. Governor Party Notes
William Moultrie portrait.jpg
William Moultrie December 5, 1792 December 17, 1794 James Ladson Federalist 2nd time
38
Arnoldus Vanderhorst (South Carolina Governor).jpg
Arnoldus Vanderhorst December 17, 1794 December 8, 1796 Lewis Morris Federalist
Charles Pinckney.jpg
Charles Pinckney December 8, 1796 December 18, 1798 Robert Anderson Democratic-Republican 2nd time
39
Edward Rutledge.jpg
Edward Rutledge December 18, 1798 January 23, 1800 John Drayton Federalist Died in office
40
JohnDrayton.JPG
John Drayton January 23, 1800 December 8, 1802 Richard Winn Democratic-Republican 1st time
41
James Burchill Richardson.jpg
James Burchill Richardson December 8, 1802 December 7, 1804 Ezekiel Pickens Democratic-Republican
42
Paul Hamilton SecNavy.jpeg
Paul Hamilton December 7, 1804 December 9, 1806 Thomas Sumter, Jr. Democratic-Republican
Charles Pinckney.jpg
Charles Pinckney December 9, 1806 December 10, 1808 John Hopkins Democratic-Republican 3rd time
JohnDrayton.JPG
John Drayton December 10, 1808 December 8, 1810 Frederick Nance Democratic-Republican 2nd time
43
Henry-middleton.jpg
Henry Middleton December 8, 1810 December 10, 1812 Samuel Farrow Democratic-Republican
44
Joseph Alston.jpg
Joseph Alston December 10, 1812 December 10, 1814 Eldred Simkins Democratic-Republican
45
David Rogerson Williams (South Carolina Governor).jpg
David Rogerson Williams December 10, 1814 December 5, 1816 Robert Creswell Democratic-Republican
46
Andrew Pickens, Jr. (South Carolina Governor).jpg
Andrew Pickens December 5, 1816 December 8, 1818 John A. Cuthbert Democratic-Republican
47
No image.svg
John Geddes December 8, 1818 December 7, 1820 William Youngblood Democratic-Republican
48
Thomas Bennett Jr.PNG
Thomas Bennett, Jr. December 7, 1820 December 7, 1822 William Pinckney Democratic-Republican
49
John Lyde Wilson.jpg
John Lyde Wilson December 7, 1822 December 3, 1824 Henry Bradley Democratic-Republican
50
Richard Irvine Manning I.jpg
Richard Irvine Manning I December 3, 1824 December 9, 1826 William Bull Democratic-Republican
51
John Taylor South Carolina governor.jpg
John Taylor December 9, 1826 December 10, 1828 James Witherspoon Democratic-Republican
52
Stephen Decatur Miller.jpg
Stephen Decatur Miller December 10, 1828 December 9, 1830 Thomas Williams Democratic (Nullifier)
53
James Hamilton, Jr.jpg
James Hamilton, Jr. December 9, 1830 December 10, 1832 Patrick Noble Democratic (Nullifier)
54
Robert Y Hayne.jpg
Robert Young Hayne December 10, 1832 December 9, 1834 Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Democratic (Nullifier)
55
George-McDuffie.jpg
George McDuffie December 9, 1834 December 10, 1836 Whitemarsh B. Seabrook Democratic
56
Pierce Mason Butler.jpg
Pierce Mason Butler December 10, 1836 December 7, 1838 William DuBose Democratic
57
Patrick Noble.jpg
Patrick Noble December 7, 1838 April 7, 1840 Barnabas Kelet Henagan Democratic Died in office
58
No image.svg
Barnabas Kelet Henagan April 7, 1840 December 9, 1840 vacant Democratic Not elected
59
John Peter Richardson II.jpg
John Peter Richardson II December 9, 1840 December 8, 1842 William K. Clowney Democratic
60
JHHammond.jpg
James Henry Hammond December 8, 1842 December 7, 1844 Isaac D. Witherspoon Democratic
61
William Aiken.jpg
William Aiken, Jr. December 7, 1844 December 8, 1846 J.F. Ervin Democratic
62
David Johnson (governor).jpg
David Johnson December 8, 1846 December 12, 1848 William Cain Democratic
63
Gov-seabrook.jpg
Whitemarsh B. Seabrook December 12, 1848 December 13, 1850 William Henry Gist Democratic
64
JohnHughMeans.JPG
John Hugh Means December 13, 1850 December 9, 1852 Joshua John Ward Democratic
65
John-lawrence-manning.jpg
John Lawrence Manning December 9, 1852 December 11, 1854 James Irby Democratic
66
Portrait of Governor James Hopkins Adams of South Carolina.jpg
James Hopkins Adams December 11, 1854 December 9, 1856 Richard de Treville Democratic
67
Allston portrait by Flagg small.jpg
Robert F.W. Allston December 9, 1856 December 10, 1858 Gabriel Cannon Democratic
68
William Henry Gist.jpg
William Henry Gist December 10, 1858 December 14, 1860 M. E. Carn Democratic
69
Francis Wilkinson Pickens.jpg
Francis Wilkinson Pickens December 14, 1860 December 17, 1862 W.W. Harllee Democratic
70
Hon. Milledge L. Bonham, S.C - NARA - 528412.jpg
Milledge Luke Bonham December 17, 1862 December 18, 1864 Plowden Weston Democratic
71
Andrew Gordon Magrath.jpg
Andrew Gordon Magrath December 18, 1864 May 25, 1865 Robert McCaw Democratic Deposed by the Union Army
72
Benjamin Franklin Perry.jpg
Benjamin Franklin Perry June 30, 1865 November 29, 1865 vacant Unionist Democrat Appointed by President Andrew Johnson

Governors under the Constitution of 1865

First Constitution of South Carolina to provide for the direct election of the governor.

Parties

  No party

# Governor Took Office Left Office Lt. Governor Party Notes
73
James Lawrence Orr - Brady-Handy.jpg
James Lawrence Orr November 29, 1865 July 6, 1868 W.D. Porter No party (Democratic) 1st popularly elected Governor

Governors under the Constitution of 1868

Parties

  Democratic   Republican

# Governor Took Office Left Office Lt. Governor Party Notes
74
Robert Kingston Scott - Brady-Handy.jpg
Robert Kingston Scott July 6, 1868 December 7, 1872 Lemuel Boozer
Alonzo J. Ransier
Republican
75
Franklin J. Moses, Jr.jpg
Franklin J. Moses, Jr. December 7, 1872 December 1, 1874 Richard Howell Gleaves Republican
76
Daniel Henry Chamberlain.jpg
Daniel Henry Chamberlain December 1, 1874 December 14, 1876 Richard Howell Gleaves Republican Claimed Governorship
after 1876 election
77
Wade Hampton III - Brady-Handy.jpg
Wade Hampton III December 14, 1876 February 26, 1879 William Dunlap Simpson Democratic Resigned
78
William Dunlap Simpson.jpg
William Dunlap Simpson February 26, 1879 September 1, 1880 John D. Kennedy Democratic Not elected
79
Thomas Bothwell Jeter.jpg
Thomas Bothwell Jeter September 1, 1880 November 30, 1880 vacant Democratic
80
Johnson Hagood.jpg
Johnson Hagood November 30, 1880 December 1, 1882 John D. Kennedy Democratic
81
Hugh Smith Thompson, Governor of South Carolina.jpg
Hugh Smith Thompson December 1, 1882 July 10, 1886 John Calhoun Sheppard Democratic Resigned
82
John Calhoun Sheppard.jpg
John Calhoun Sheppard July 10, 1886 November 30, 1886 vacant Democratic Not elected
83
John Peter Richardson III, Governor of South Carolina.jpg
John Peter Richardson III November 30, 1886 December 4, 1890 William Mauldin Democratic
84
Tillman crop.jpg
Benjamin Ryan Tillman December 4, 1890 December 4, 1894 Eugene Gary
W.H. Timmerman
Democratic
85
John Gary Evans.jpg
John Gary Evans December 4, 1894 January 18, 1897 W.H. Timmerman Democratic

Governors under the Constitution of 1895

Parties

  Democratic (27)   Republican (6)

# Governor Took Office Left Office Lt. Governor Party Notes
86
William H Ellerbe.jpg
William Haselden Ellerbe January 18, 1897 June 2, 1899 Miles Benjamin McSweeney Democratic Died in office
87
Miles Benjamin McSweeney.jpg
Miles Benjamin McSweeney June 2, 1899 January 20, 1903 Robert B. Scarborough Democratic
88
Duncan Clinch Heyward.jpg
Duncan Clinch Heyward January 20, 1903 January 15, 1907 James Tillman
John Sloan
Democratic
89
Martin Frederick Ansel.jpg
Martin Frederick Ansel January 15, 1907 January 17, 1911 Thomas Gordon McLeod Democratic
90
Coleman L Blease (cropped).jpg
Coleman Livingston Blease January 17, 1911 January 14, 1915 Charles Aurelius Smith Democratic Resigned
91
Charles Aurelius Smith.jpg
Charles Aurelius Smith January 14, 1915 January 19, 1915 vacant Democratic Not elected
92
Richard Irvine Manning III circa 1915.jpg
Richard Irvine Manning III January 19, 1915 January 21, 1919 Andrew Bethea Democratic
93
Robert Archer Cooper (South Carolina Governor).jpg
Robert Archer Cooper January 21, 1919 May 20, 1922 J.T. Liles
Wilson Godfrey Harvey
Democratic Resigned
94
No image.svg
Wilson Godfrey Harvey May 20, 1922 January 16, 1923 vacant Democratic Not elected
95
ThomasGordonMcLeod.jpg
Thomas Gordon McLeod January 16, 1923 January 18, 1927 E.B. Jackson Democratic
96
John Gardiner Richards, Jr..jpg
John Gardiner Richards, Jr. January 18, 1927 January 20, 1931 Thomas Bothwell Butler Democratic 1st to be elected to a four-year term
97
No image.svg
Ibra Charles Blackwood January 20, 1931 January 15, 1935 James Sheppard Democratic
98
Olin D. Johnston, seated portrait.jpg
Olin D. Johnston January 15, 1935 January 17, 1939 Joseph Emile Harley Democratic 1st time
99
Burnet R. Maybank.jpg
Burnet R. Maybank January 17, 1939 November 4, 1941 Joseph Emile Harley Democratic Resigned
100
Joseph Emile Harley.jpg
Joseph Emile Harley November 4, 1941 February 27, 1942 vacant Democratic Not elected, Died in office
vacant February 27, 1942 March 2, 1942 vacant
101
Richard Manning Jefferies.jpg
Richard Manning Jefferies March 2, 1942 January 19, 1943 vacant Democratic Not elected
98
Olin D. Johnston, seated portrait.jpg
Olin D. Johnston January 19, 1943 January 2, 1945 Ransome Judson Williams Democratic 2nd time, Resigned
102
No image.svg
Ransome Judson Williams January 2, 1945 January 21, 1947 vacant Democratic Not elected
103
Governor Strom Thurmond.jpg
Strom Thurmond January 21, 1947 January 16, 1951 George Bell Timmerman, Jr. Democratic
104
James F. Byrnes cph.3c32232.jpg
James Francis Byrnes January 16, 1951 January 18, 1955 George Bell Timmerman, Jr. Democratic
105
SC Gov. George Timmerman.jpg
George Bell Timmerman, Jr. January 18, 1955 January 20, 1959 Ernest Hollings Democratic
106
Ernest Hollings 91st Congress.jpg
Ernest Hollings January 20, 1959 January 15, 1963 Burnet R. Maybank Jr. Democratic
107
DonaldRussell.jpg
Donald Stuart Russell January 15, 1963 April 22, 1965 Robert Evander McNair Democratic Resigned
108
An undated portrait of South Carolina Governor Robert E. McNair.jpg
Robert Evander McNair April 22, 1965 January 19, 1971 vacant
John C. West
Democratic
109
Gov. John C. West portrait.jpg
John C. West January 19, 1971 January 21, 1975 Earle Morris, Jr. Democratic
110
U.S. Secretary of Energy James Edwards of South Carolina.jpg
James B. Edwards January 21, 1975 January 10, 1979 W. Brantley Harvey, Jr. Republican
111
Portrait of SC Governor Dick Riley.jpg
Richard Riley January 10, 1979 January 14, 1987 Nancy Stevenson
Michael R. Daniel
Democratic 1st elected to two consecutive four-year terms
112
Campbell, Carroll (cropped).jpg
Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. January 14, 1987 January 11, 1995 Nick Theodore (Democratic) Republican
113
GovernorBeasley.JPG
David Beasley January 11, 1995 January 13, 1999 Bob Peeler Republican Lost reelection
114
Portrait of Jim Hodges.jpg
Jim Hodges January 13, 1999 January 15, 2003 Bob Peeler Democratic Lost reelection
115
Mark Sanford, Official Portrait, 113th Congress (cropped).jpg
Mark Sanford January 15, 2003 January 12, 2011 André Bauer Republican
116
Official Photo of SC Governor Nikki Haley (cropped).jpg
Nikki Haley January 12, 2011 January 24, 2017 Ken Ard
Glenn F. McConnell
J. Yancey McGill (Democratic)
Henry McMaster
Republican Resigned to become UN Ambassador
117
SC Governor Henry McMaster 2019 (cropped).jpg
Henry McMaster January 24, 2017 Incumbent[1] Kevin L. Bryant

Pamela Evette

Republican
Number of Governors by Party
Colonial Governors 30
No party 6
Federalist 4
Democratic-Republican 13
 Democratic 55
 Republican 9

Succession

Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, other governorships, and other high offices held by governors after leaving office. All representatives and senators mentioned represented South Carolina except where noted. *denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
John Rutledge 1776–1778
1779–1782
Delegate to Philadelphia Convention and signer of the United States Constitution; Associate and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Thomas Pinckney 1787–1789 H United States Minister to Great Britain
Charles Pinckney 1789–1792
1796–1798
1806–1808
H S Delegate to Philadelphia Convention and signer of the United States Constitution; United States Minister to Spain
Paul Hamilton 1804–1806 United States Secretary of the Navy
Henry Middleton 1810–1812 H United States Minister to Russia
David Rogerson Williams 1814–1816 H
Richard Irvine Manning I 1824–1826 H
John Taylor 1826–1828 H S
Stephen Decatur Miller 1828–1830 H S
James Hamilton, Jr. 1830–1832 H
Robert Y. Hayne 1832–1834 S
George McDuffie 1834–1836 H S
John Peter Richardson II 1840–1842 H
James Henry Hammond 1842–1844 H S
William Aiken, Jr. 1844–1846 H
Francis Wilkinson Pickens 1860–1862 H United States Minister to Russia
Milledge Luke Bonham 1862–1864 H Confederate Representative
James Lawrence Orr 1865–1868 H Confederate Senator; United States Minister to Russia; Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Wade Hampton III 1877–1879 S* United States Railroad Commissioner
William Dunlap Simpson 1879–1880 Confederate Representative
Hugh Smith Thompson 1882–1886 United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury*; United States Civil Service Commissioner
Benjamin Tillman 1890–1894 S
Coleman Livingston Blease 1911–1915 S
Olin D. Johnston 1935–1939
1943–1945
S*
Burnet R. Maybank 1939–1941 S*
Strom Thurmond 1947–1951 S
James F. Byrnes 1951–1955 H S Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court; United States Secretary of State
Ernest Hollings 1959–1963 S
Donald S. Russell 1963–1965 S*
John C. West 1971–1975 United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
James B. Edwards 1975–1979 United States Secretary of Energy
Richard Riley 1979–1987 United States Secretary of Education
Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. 1987–1995 H
David Beasley 1995-1999 Executive Director of the World Food Programme [2]
Mark Sanford 2003–2011 H
Nikki Haley 2011–2017 United States Ambassador to the United Nations*

Living former governors of South Carolina

As of April 2019, there are five former governors currently living, the oldest being Richard Riley (served 1979–1987, born 1933). The most recent governor to die was Fritz Hollings (served 1959–1963, born 1922), on April 6, 2019.[3] The most recently serving governor to die was Carroll A. Campbell Jr. (served 1987–1995, born 1940) on December 7, 2005.

Governor Party Gubernatorial term Birth
Richard Riley Democratic 1979–1987 (1933-01-02) January 2, 1933 (age 87)
David Beasley Republican 1995–1999 (1957-02-26) February 26, 1957 (age 62)
Jim Hodges Democratic 1999–2003 (1956-11-19) November 19, 1956 (age 63)
Mark Sanford Republican 2003–2011 (1960-05-28) May 28, 1960 (age 59)
Nikki Haley Republican 2011–2017 (1972-01-20) January 20, 1972 (age 48)

See also

References

  1. ^ McMaster's first full term began January 9, 2019, and will expire January 2023
  2. ^ http://www1.wfp.org/executive-director
  3. ^ "Former SC Governor, U.S. Senator Ernest F. 'Fritz' Hollings dies at 97". Retrieved April 6, 2019.

External links

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