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South Carolina : Past Governors Bios
Governor's Name State Time in Office Party
Gov. Mark Sanford South Carolina (2003 - 2011)
Republican
Gov. Jim Hodges South Carolina (1999 - 2003)
Democrat
Gov. David M. Beasley South Carolina (1995 - 1999)
Republican
Gov. Carroll A. Campbell South Carolina (1987 - 1995)
Republican
Gov. Richard Wilson Riley South Carolina (1979 - 1987)
Democrat
Gov. James Burrows Edwards South Carolina (1975 - 1979)
Republican
Gov. John Carl West South Carolina (1971 - 1975)
Democrat
Gov. Robert Evander McNair South Carolina (1965 - 1971)
Democrat
Gov. Donald Stuart Russell South Carolina (1963 - 1965)
Democrat
Gov. Ernest Frederick Hollings South Carolina (1959 - 1963)
Democrat
Gov. George Bell Timmerman South Carolina (1955 - 1959)
Democrat
Gov. James Francis Byrnes South Carolina (1951 - 1955)
Democrat
Gov. James Strom Thurmond South Carolina (1947 - 1951)
Democrat
Gov. Ransome Judson Williams South Carolina (1945 - 1947)
Democrat
Gov. Richard Manning Jeffries South Carolina (1942 - 1943)
Democrat
Gov. Joseph Emile Harley South Carolina (1941 - 1942)
Democrat
Gov. Burnet Rhett Maybank South Carolina (1939 - 1941)
Democrat
Gov. Olin De Witt Talmadge Johnston South Carolina (1935 - 1939)
(1943 - 1945)
Democrat
Gov. Ibra Charles Blackwood South Carolina (1931 - 1935)
Democrat
Gov. John Gardiner Richards South Carolina (1927 - 1931)
Democrat
Gov. Thomas Gordon McLeod South Carolina (1923 - 1927)
Democrat
Gov. Wilson Godfrey Harvey South Carolina (1922 - 1923)
Democrat
Gov. Robert Archer Cooper South Carolina (1919 - 1922)
Democrat
Gov. Richard Irvine Manning III South Carolina (1915 - 1919)
Democrat
Gov. Charles A. Smith South Carolina (1915 - 1915)
Democrat
Gov. Coleman Livingston Blease South Carolina (1911 - 1915)
Democrat
Gov. Martin Frederick Ansel South Carolina (1907 - 1911)
Democrat
Gov. Duncan Clinch Heyward South Carolina (1903 - 1907)
Democrat
Gov. Miles Benjamin McSweeney South Carolina (1899 - 1903)
Democrat
Gov. William Haselden Ellerbe South Carolina (1897 - 1899)
Democrat
Gov. John Gary Evans South Carolina (1894 - 1897)
Democrat
Gov. Benjamin Ryan Tillman South Carolina (1890 - 1894)
Democrat
Gov. John Peter Richardson South Carolina (1886 - 1890)
Democrat
Gov. John Calhoun Sheppard South Carolina (1886 - 1886)
Democrat
Gov. Hugh Smith Thompson South Carolina (1882 - 1886)
Democrat
Gov. Johnson Hagood South Carolina (1880 - 1882)
Democrat
Gov. Thomas Bothwell Jeter South Carolina (1880 - 1880)
Democrat
Gov. William Dunlap Simpson South Carolina (1879 - 1880)
Democrat
Gov. Wade Hampton III South Carolina (1876 - 1879)
Democrat
Gov. Daniel Henry Chamberlain South Carolina (1874 - 1876)
Republican
Gov. Franklin J. Moses South Carolina (1872 - 1874)
Republican
Gov. Robert Kingston Scott South Carolina (1868 - 1872)
Republican
Gov. Edward R. S. Canby South Carolina (1868 - 1868)
Gov. James Lawrence Orr South Carolina (1865 - 1868)
Conservative
Gov. Benjamin Franklin Perry South Carolina (1865 - 1865)
Democrat
Gov. Andrew Gordon MacGrath South Carolina (1864 - 1865)
Democrat
Gov. Milledge Luke Bonham South Carolina (1862 - 1864)
Democrat
Gov. Francis Wilkinson Pickens South Carolina (1860 - 1862)
Gov. William Henry Gist South Carolina (1858 - 1860)
Democrat
Gov. Robert Francis Withers Allston South Carolina (1856 - 1858)
Democrat
Gov. James Hopkins Adams South Carolina (1854 - 1856)
Democrat
Gov. John Laurence Manning South Carolina (1852 - 1854)
Democrat
Gov. John Hugh Means South Carolina (1850 - 1852)
Democrat
Gov. Whitemarsh Benjamin Seabrook South Carolina (1848 - 1850)
Democrat
Gov. David Johnson South Carolina (1846 - 1848)
Democrat
Gov. William Aiken South Carolina (1844 - 1846)
Democrat
Gov. James Henry Hammond South Carolina (1842 - 1844)
Democrat
Gov. John Peter Richardson II South Carolina (1840 - 1842)
Democrat
Gov. Barnabas Kelet Henagan South Carolina (1840 - 1840)
Democrat
Gov. Patrick Noble South Carolina (1838 - 1840)
Democrat
Gov. Pierce Mason Butler South Carolina (1836 - 1838)
Democrat
Gov. George McDuffie South Carolina (1834 - 1836)
Democrat
Gov. Robert Young Hayne South Carolina (1832 - 1834)
Democrat
Gov. James Jr. Hamilton South Carolina (1830 - 1832)
Democrat
Gov. Stephen Decatur Miller South Carolina (1828 - 1830)
Democrat
Gov. John Taylor South Carolina (1826 - 1828)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Richard Irvine Manning South Carolina (1824 - 1826)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. John Lyde Wilson South Carolina (1822 - 1824)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Thomas Bennett South Carolina (1820 - 1822)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Geddes John South Carolina (1818 - 1820)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Andrew Pickens South Carolina (1816 - 1818)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. David Rogerson Williams South Carolina (1814 - 1816)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Joseph Alston South Carolina (1812 - 1814)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Henry Middleton South Carolina (1810 - 1812)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Paul Hamilton South Carolina (1804 - 1806)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. James Burchill Richardson South Carolina (1802 - 1804)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. John Drayton South Carolina (1800 - 1802)
(1808 - 1810)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Edward Rutledge South Carolina (1798 - 1800)
Federalist
Gov. Arnoldus Vandershorst South Carolina (1794 - 1796)
Federalist
Gov. Charles Pinckney South Carolina (1789 - 1792)
(1796 - 1798)
(1806 - 1808)
Democratic-Republican
Gov. Thomas Pinckney South Carolina (1787 - 1789)
Federalist
Gov. William Moultrie South Carolina (1785 - 1787)
(1792 - 1794)
Federalist
Gov. Benjamin Guerard South Carolina (1783 - 1785)
No affiliation
Gov. John Mathews South Carolina (1782 - 1783)
No affiliation
Gov. Rawlins Lowndes South Carolina (1778 - 1779)
No affiliation
Gov. John Rutledge South Carolina (1776 - 1778)
(1779 - 1782)
No affiliation