South Carolina Lieutenant Governors 1730 to Present

Introduction

Under the Lords Proprietors direct rule of the Colony (1670-1719), there was no office called Lieutenant Governor. For most of that time, the Governor of Carolina resided in Charles Town (SC), and there was a Deputy Governor that resided in Albemarle (NC).

When the Crown purchased the Lords Proprietors interests in the Colony in 1729, the British Government appointed a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor for South Carolina, with terms of office beginning on January 1, 1730.

After Statehood was declared in 1776, the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor were both elected by the General Assembly, and the Lieutenant Governor did not preside over the State Senate. After the US Civil War, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor were elected by popular vote, beginning in 1868.


Lieutenant Governors Appointed by the Crown

Thomas Broughton

1730-1737

William Bull

1738-1755

William Bull, Jr.

1755-1776

Lieutenant Governors of SC State

Henry Laurens*

1776-1777

James Parsons*

1777-1779

Thomas Bee

1779-1780

Christopher Gadsen 

1780-1782

Richard Hutson

1782-1783

Richard Beresford**

1783

William Moultrie

1784-1785

Charles Drayton

1785-1787

Thomas Gadsen

1787-1789

Alexander Gillon

1789-1791

Isaac Holmes

1791-1792

James Ladson

1792-1794

Lewis Morris

1794-1796

Robert Anderson

1796-1798

John Drayton

1798-1800

Richard Winn

1800-1802

Ezekiel Pickens

1802-1804

Thomas Sumter, Jr.

1804-1806

John Hopkins

1806-1808

Frederick Nance

1808-1810

Samuel Farrow

1810-1812

Eldred Simkins

1812-1814

Robert Creswell

1814-1816

John A. Cuthbert

1816-1818

William Youngblood

1818-1820

William C. Pinckney

1820-1822

Henry Bradley

1822-1824

William A. Bull

1824-1826

James H. Witherspoon

1826-1828

Thomas Williams

1828-1830

Patrick Noble

1830-1832

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

1832-1834

Whitemarsh B. Seabrook

1834-1836

William DuBose

1836-1838

B.K. Henagan

1838-1840

W.K. Clowney

1840-1842

Isaac Donnom Witherspoon 

1842-1844

J.F. Ervin

1844-1846

William Cain

1846-1848

William H. Gist

1848-1850

Joshua John Ward

1850-1852

James H. Irby

1852-1854

Richard Detreville

1854-1856

Gabriel Cannon

1856-1858

M.E. Carn

1858-1860

W.W. Harllee

1860-1862

Plowden C.J. Weston

1862-1864

Robert G. McCaw

1864-1865

W.D. Porter

1865-1868

Lemuel Boozer

1868-1870

A.J. Ransier

1870-1872

R. Howell Gleaves

1872-1874

R. Howell Gleaves

1874-1876

W.D. Simpson

1876-1879

John D. Kennedy

1880-1882

John C. Sheppard

1882-1886

William L. Mauldin

1886-1890

Eugene B. Gary

1890-1893

W.H. Timmerman

1893-1897

M.B. McSweeney

1897-1899

Robert B. Scarborough

1899-1901

James H. Tillman

1901-1903

J.T. Sloan

1903-1907

Thomas G. McLeod

1907-1911

Charles A. Smith

1911-1915

Andrew J. Bethea

1915-1919

J.T. Liles

1919-1921

Wilson G. Harvey

1921-1923

E.B. Jackson

1923-1927

Thomas Bothwell Butler

1927-1931

James O. Sheppard

1931-1935

J.E. Harley

1935-1941

Ransome J. Williams

1943-1945

George Bell Timmerman, Jr.

1947-1955

Ernest F. Hollings

1955-1959

Burnet R. Maybank, Jr.

1959-1963

Robert E. McNair

1963-1965

John C. West

1967-1971

Earle E. Morris, Jr.

1971-1975

W. Brantley Harvey, Jr.

1975-1979

Nancy Stevenson

1979-1983

Michael R. Daniel

1983-1987

Nick A. Theodore

1987-1995

Robert Lee Peeler

1995-2003

Andre Bauer

2003-2011

James Kenneth Ard 

2011-2012

Glenn Fant McDonald

2012-2014

J. Yancey McGill

2014-2015

Henry Dargan McMaster

2015-2017

Kevin Lee Bryant 

2017-?

Will Add Subsequent Lieutenant Governors. Stay tuned.

* At that time, the position was called "Vice President"

** Elected to Congress one month after taking office. Alexander Gillon was elected to succeed Beresford, but declined. Moultrie was elected subsequently.



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