Hugh Smith Thompson

Gov. Hugh Smith Thompson

South Carolina

Term(s)
December 1, 1882 - July 10, 1886

Born
January 24, 1836

Passed
November 20, 1904

Party
Democrat

School(s)
The Citadel

Status:
Resigned

Birth State
South Carolina

National Office(s) Served:
Cabinet secretary

Family:
Married Elizabeth Anderson; seven children

BIO

HUGH SMITH THOMPSON was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston just a few years before the Civil War broke out. From 1858 to 1861 he taught at the Arsenal Academy in South Carolina, and from 1861 to 1865 he was an instructor at The Citadel and commanded a battalion of Cadets that on January 9, 1961 fired the first gun of the Civil War against Star of the West as it attempted to relieve the Federal Army garrison at Fort Sumter. After the war ended Thompson was the Principal of Columbia Male Academy until 1876. He also was South Carolina’s Superintendent of Education from 1876 until 1881, when he was elected governor. His administration was marked by proposals for tax reform, economic stability, and educational development. Thompson served two years of a second gubernatorial term and then resigned in 1886 after being appointed Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury by President Grover Cleveland. He held that post until 1889, when he was appointed to the U.S. Civil Service Commission by President Benjamin Harrison. After serving as a Civil Service Commissioner for three years, he became comptroller of the New York Life Insurance company, a position that he held for more than a decade.

Source

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 24.  New York: James T. White & Company.

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