The Royal Colony of South Carolina

26th Commons House of Assembly - 1762 to 1765
The Twenty-Sixth Commons House of Assembly under Royal Rule met on at least fourteen (14) known occasions. The first session met from October 25th to October 26th in 1762. The second session met from November 25th December 28th in 1762. The third session met from January 24th to March 24th in 1763. The fourth session met from April 6th to April 19th in 1763. The fifth session met from September 1st to September 17th in 1763. The sixth session met from January 4th to January 25th in 1764. The seventh session met from April 19th to April 24th in 1764. The eighth session met from May 22nd to June 5th in 1764. The ninth session met from June 26th to August 25th in 1764. The tenth session met from September 18th to October 6th in 1764. The eleventh session met on January 8, 1765. The twelfth session met from January 10th to February 14th in 1765. The thirteenth session met from March 5th to April 6th in 1765. The fourteenth session met from July 16th to August 9th in 1765.

Election District

Delegate

Christ Church Parish
(2 delegates)

John Rutledge

Robert Williams

Prince Frederick's Parish
(2 delegates)

James Moultrie (1)

John Murray

Prince George's, Winyah Parish
(2 delegates)

Thomas Lynch

Alexander Rose (2)

Prince William's Parish
(2 delegates)

John Beale

William Blake

St. Andrew's Parish
(3 delegates)

William Drayton

Thomas Ferguson

William Fuller (3) / Thomas Smith (3)

St. Bartholomew's Parish
(4 delegates)

George Logan (4)

*Rawlins Lowndes

James Parsons

James Skirving (5)

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

Richard Bohun Baker

Stephen Cator (6)

St. Helena's Parish
(3 delegates)

Hopkin Price (7) / Thomas Gadsden (8)

William Roper

Thomas Smith (9) / Thomas Middleton (9) / William Moultrie (9)

St. James, Goose Creek Parish
(4 delegates)

John McKenzie, Jr.

John Parker

Peter Taylor (10) / Alexander Fraser (10)

Thomas Wright (11) / Adam Daniel (12)

St. James, Santee Parish
(2 delegates)

Tacitus Gaillard

David Oliphant

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

John Colleton

Isaac Mazyck

Thomas Wright (11)

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

William Maxwell

Ebenezer Simmons

William Wragg

St. Mark's Parish
(2 delegates)

Richard Richardson (12) / John Dargan (13)

Benjamin Smith (14) / Jacob Motte, Jr. (15)

St. Michael's Parish
(3 delegates)

Samuel Brailsford

Henry Laurens

Charles Pinckney

St. Paul's Parish
(3 delegates)

Thomas Bee

Christopher Gadsden

William Williamson

St. Peter's Parish
(1 delegate) 

Stephen Cator (6) / Archibald Bullock (16) / Benjamin Singleton (16)

St. Philip's Parish
(3 delegates)

Hopkin Price (7)

William Scott

*Benjamin Smith (14)

St. Stephen's Parish
(1 delegate) 

John Pamor

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

Richard Beresford (17) / Samuel Thomas (17) / Daniel D'Oyley (17)

Henry Gray (18) / Robert Quash (18)

Peter Manigault
* Benjamin Smith was elected as Speaker of the House. He left the province in September of 1763 due to health issues. Rawlins Lowndes was then elected as Speaker of the House on September 2, 1763. Thomas Bromley was elected as Clerk of the House. After the appointment of Thomas Skottowe as Clerk of the House by King George III on March 11, 1763, Thomas Bromley became the Assistant Clerk of the House. Jonathan Badger and Edward Weyman were elected as Messengers of the House. Jacob Axson was elected Interim Messenger of the House while Jonathan Badger was absent due to illness during the Septembrer 1764 session.
(1) James Moultrie was appointed as Chief Justice of East Florida on October 31, 1764. No writ was issued for a successor. Assume the seat remained vacant.
(2) Alexander Rose left the province between October 6, 1764 and January 8, 1765. No writ was issued for a successor. Assume the seat remained vacant.
(3) William Fuller declined to serve. Thomas Smith was elected to replace William Fuller, and he qualified on 1/6/1764.
(4) George Logan declined to serve. In a special election, he was re-elected and he qualified on7/26/1764.
(5) James Skirving declined to serve. In a special election, he was re-elected and he qualified on 7/12/1764.
(6) Stephen Cator was elected to represent both St. George's, Dorchester Parish and St. Peter's Parish. He chose to represent St. George's, Dorchester Parish.
(7) Hopkin Price was elected to represent both St. Helena's Parish and St. Philip's Parish. He chose to represent St. Philip's Parish.
(8) Thomas Gadsden was elected to replace Hopkin Price in St. Helena's Parish, and he qualified on 1/10/1765.
(9) Thomas Smith declined to serve. Thomas Middleton was elected to replace Thomas Smith, but he too declined to serve. William Moultrie was then elected to replace Thomas Middleton, and he qualified on 9/20/1764.
(10) Peter Taylor declined to serve. Alexander Fraser was elected to replace Peter Taylor, and he qualified on 7/16/1764.
(11) Thomas Wright was elected to represent both St. James, Goose Creek Parish and St. John's, Berkeley Parish. He chose to represent St. John's, Berkeley Parish.
(12) Richard Richardson declined to serve via a written letter, which the House ruled was insufficient. Richardson subsequently qualified on 8/8/1764.
(13) John Dargan was elected in a special election to replace Richard Richardson, but his election was voided on July 13, 1764 because Richardson never declined in person, and thus the writ of election was founded on an error. He did not serve.
(14) Benjamin Smith was elected to represent both St. Mark's Parish and St. Philip's Parish. He chose to represent St. Philip's Parish.
(15) Jacob Motte, Jr. was elected to replace Benjamin Smith in St. Mark's Parish, and he qualified on 1/4/1764.
(16) Archibald Bullock was elected to replace Stephen Cator in St. Peter's Parish, but he declined to serve. Benjamin Singleton was then elected to replace Archibald Bullock, and he qualified on 8/2/1764.
(17) Richard Beresford left the province prior to July 31, 1764. Samuel Thomas was elected to replace Richard Beresford, but he declined to serve. Daniel D'Oyley was then elected to replace Samuel Thomas, and he qualified on 1/10/1765.
(18) Henry Gray left the province prior to July 31, 1764. Robert Quash was elected to replace Henry Gray, and he qualified on 9/19/1764.
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