The Royal Colony of South Carolina

21st Commons House of Assembly - 1754 to 1757
The Twenty-First Commons House of Assembly under Royal Rule met on at least sixteen (16) known occasions. The first session met from November 12th to November 16th in 1754. The second session met from January 6th to February 7th in 1755. The third session met from February 24th to March 23rd in 1755. The fourth session met from April 7th to April 12th in 1755. The fifth session met from April 28th to May 14th in 1755. The sixth session met from May 15th to May 20th in 1755. The seventh session met from September 15th to September 23rd in 1755. The eighth session met from November 20th to December 5th in 1755. The ninth session met from January 12th to February 21st in 1756. The tenth session met from March 8th to May 4th in 1756. The eleventh session met from June 17th to July 6th in 1756. The twelfth session met from November 2nd to November 20th in 1756. The thirteenth session met fom January 18th to February 11th in 1757. The fourteenth session met from March 1st to April 2nd in 1757. The fifteenth session met from April 25th to May 21st in 1757. The sixteenth session met from June 20th to July 6th in 1757.

Election District

Delegate

Christ Church Parish
(2 delegates)

George Paddon Bond (1) / David Graeme (1) / Andrew Rutledge (1)

Charles Pinckney

Prince Frederick's Parish
(2 delegates)

Joseph Cantey

Richard Richardson

Prince George's, Winyah Parish
(2 delegates)

William Allston

George Gabriel Powell

Prince William's Parish
(2 delegates)

James Michie (2) / Daniel Blake (3)

John Wragg (4)

St. Andrew's Parish
(3 delegates)

Thomas Lamboll

John Lloyd (5) / Charles Cattell (6)

Robert Rivers

St. Bartholomew's Parish
(4 delegates)

Henry Hyrne (7) / James Skirving (7)

George Logan

James Postell

William Sanders (8) / Thomas Middleton (8)

St. George's, Dorchester Parish
(2 delegates)

John Ainslie

*Henry Middleton (9) / Ralph Izard (9)

St. Helena's Parish
(3 delegates)

John Dart (10) / George Roupell (10)

John Rattray

John Stuart

St. James, Goose Creek Parish
(4 delegates)

Alexander Fraser

Robert Hume

Francis Kinloch (11) / David Caw (11)

Zachariah Villepontoux (12) / Walter Izard (12)

St. James, Santee Parish
(2 delegates)

Thomas Lynch

Paul Trapier (13) / Robert Pringle (13)

St. John's, Berkeley Parish
(3 delegates)

Alexander Broughton (14) / Samuel Bonneau (14)

William Moultrie

Thomas Wright

St. John's, Colleton Parish
(3 delegates)

Thomas Fleming

John Lloyd (5)

James Mathewes

St. Paul's Parish
(3 delegates)

James Bulloch (15) / John Postell (15)

Frederick Grimke

James Stobo

St. Peter's Parish
(1 delegate) 

John Wragg (4) / Thomas Smith, Sr. (16) / Egerton Leigh (16)

St. Philip's Parish
(5 delegates)

George Austin

John Guerard

James Michie (2) (17) / Peter Manigault (17)

John Savage

*Benjamin Smith

St. Stephen's Parish
(1 delegate) 

Thomas Cordes

St. Thomas's & St. Dennis's Parish
(3 delegates)

Jacob Bond (18) / Robert Quash (18) / John Cordes (18) / Isaac Mazyck (18)

John Moore (19) / Luke Stoutenburgh (19)

Samuel Thomas (20) / Robert Brown (20)
* Henry Middleton was elected as Speaker of the House. He resigned on April 8, 1755 due to his wife's ill health. Benjamin Smith was then elected as Speaker of the House on April 8, 1755. Childermas Croft was elected as Clerk of the House. Benjamin Harvey and Jonathan Badger were elected as Messengers of the House. Edward Weyman was elected as Messenger of the House on January 26, 1757 to replace Benjamin Harvey.
(1) George Paddon Bond declined to serve. David Graeme and Andrew Rutledge received equal votes in a special election to replace George Paddon Bond. In a second special election David Graeme was elected to replace George Paddon Bond, and he qualified on 2/28/1755.
(2) James Michie was elected to represent both Prince William's Parish and St. Philip's Parish. He chose to represent St. Philip's Parish.
(3) Daniel Blake was elected to replace James Michie in Prince William's Parish, and he qualified on 1/8/1755.
(4) John Wragg was elected to represent both Prince William's Parish and St. Peter's Parish. He chose to represent Prince William's Parish.
(5) John Lloyd was elected to represent both St. Andrew's Parish and St. John's, Colleton Parish. He chose to represent St. John's, Colleton Parish.
(6) Charles Cattell was elected to replace John Lloyd, but the election was declared void because the writ of election was improperly drawn, two Sunday's notice was not given as required by law, and the churchwardens were not sworn until after the election started. Charles Catttel was re-elected, and he qualified on 2/4/1755.
(7) Henry Hyrne declined to serve. James Skirving was elected to replace Henry Hyrne, and he qualified on 3/7/1755.
(8) William Sanders died between January 9, 1756 and January 15, 1756. Thomas Middleton was elected to replace William Sanders, and he qualified on 2/3/1756.
(9) Henry Middleton was appointed to the SC Council on December 18, 1756. Ralph Izard was elected to replace Henry Middleton, and he qualified on 11/4/1756.
(10) John Dart died on November 16, 1754, before taking his seat. George Roupell was elected to replace John Dart, and he qualified on 2/26/1755.
(11) Francis Kinloch declined to serve. David Caw was elected to replace Francis Kinloch, and he qualified on 1/8/1755.
(12) Zachariah Villepontoux declined to serve. Walter Izard was elected to replace Zachariah Villepontoux, and he qualified on 1/17/1755.
(13) Paul Trapier declined to serve. Robert Pringle was elected to replace Paul Trapier, and he qualified on 2/26/1755.
(14) Alexander Broughton declined to serve. Samuel Bonneau was elected to replace Alexander Broughton, and he qualified on 2/28/1755.
(15) James Bulloch declined to serve. John Postell was elected to replace James Bulloch, and he qualified on 2/28/1755.
(16) Thomas Smith, Sr. was elected to replace John Wragg in St. Peter's Parish, but he declined to serve. Egerton Leigh was then elected to replace Thomas Smith, Sr., and he qualified on 2/7/1755.
(17) James Michie was appointed to the SC Council on June 24, 1755. Peter Manigault was elected to replace James Michie, and he qualified on 1/14/1756.
(18) Jacob Bond declined to serve. Robert Quash was elected to replace Jacob Bond, but he too declined to serve. John Cordes was then elected to replace Robert Quash, and he qualified on 4/30/1755. John Cordes died between June 30, 1756 and November 9, 1756. Isaac Mazyck was then elected to replace John Cordes, and he qualified on 1/27/1757.
(19) John Moore declined to serve. Luke Stoutenburgh was elected to replace John Moore, and he qualified on 2/26/1755.
(20) Samuel Thomas declined to serve. Robert Brown was elected to replace Samuel Thomas, and he qualified on 4/30/1755.
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