South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Young John Pope
           
Date Born: April 10, 1841

 Date Died: March 29, 1911

       
       
       
       
       
Place Born: Newberry, SC

Place Buried: Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, SC

           
   

Chief Justice 1903 - 1909
Associate Justice 1891 - 1903
   

Young John Pope was born on April 10, 1841 in Newberry, SC, the son of Thomas Herbert Pope and Harriett Neville (Harrington) Pope. He was educated in the Male Academy in Newberry, and spent six years at Furman University in Greenville, SC, from which institution he graduated in August of 1860. He studied law under his uncle, Chief Justice John Belton O'Neall.

On April 13, 1861, Young John Pope entered the Confederate Army as First Sergeant in Company E, of the 3rd SC Regiment of Infantry. He participated in the battles of First Manassas and Williamsburg while in his company. In May, 1862, he was made Adjutant of the 3rd SC Regiment, and as such participated in the battles of Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Maryland Heights, Sharpsburg, First Fredericksburg (where he was slightly wounded), Chancellorsville, Gettysburg (where he received three wounds), Chickamauga (where he was severely wounded), Wilderness, Brock's Road and other battles around Spottsylvania Court House, North Anna River Bridge, Second Cold Harbor, Berryville (where he was shot through the mouth), Strausburg, and Cedar Creek, on the 19th of October, 1864, where he lost his left eye, which was totally destroyed by a minnie bullet.

After the war he was elected Mayor of Newberry, SC. He was then elected by the SC General Assembly as District Judge of Newberry, in December of 1865, and served as such until June of 1868, when Radicals abolished that office.

On December 3, 1874, Young John Pope married Mrs. Sallie H. Fair Rutherford, daughter of Colonel Simeon Fair and widow of Colonel W.D. Rutherford, and they had two daughters.

In 1877, Young John Pope was elected one of three men to represent Newberry County in the SC House of Representatives in the:
- 52nd General Assembly that met from 1876 to 1878, replacing William H. Thomas, who was denied his seat

In 1888, Young John Pope was elected to represent Newberry County in the SC Senate of the:
- 58th General Assembly that met from 1888 to 1889

In 1890, Young John Pope was elected Attorney General of South Carolina.

On December 3, 1891, Young John Pope was elected Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court. On January 30, 1896, he was unanimously re-elected Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court.

On January 20, 1903, Young John Pope was elected Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court, to fill the position vacated by the death of Chief Justice Henry McIver. On January 23, 1906, he was re-elected to his own full eight-year term as Chief Justice. However, he resigned in 1909.

Young John Pope died on March 29, 1911, and is buried at Rosemont Cemetery in Newberry, SC


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