South Carolina During the Late 1800s - 1865 to 1900

Members of the 48th General Assembly - 1868 to 1870

The South Carolina General Assembly did not convene during 1867 due to Federal occupation.

This 48th General Assembly convened in two regular sessions:

The first session was held from November 24th to December 21st in 1868, then from January 5th to March 24th in 1869. The second session was held from November 23rd to December 23rd in 1869, then from January 5th to March 1st in 1870. A Special Session was convened from July 6th to September 26th in 1868.

Yet another new SC Constitution was ratified in 1868, and once again all existing Senate and House seats were vacated and new elections called. Four-year terms for the SC Senate with staggered elections every two years were established once again. For some counties, the number of House delegates was adjusted up or down.

Oconee County was created in 1868 and delegates were elected to serve in both the SC Senate and SC House of Representatives.

Election District


House of Representatives

Abbeville County

Valentine Young* (1) /
James Sproull Cothran (2)

George Dusenberry (3) / Lawrence Pembroke Guffin (4)

Hutson J. Lomax

James Martin (5) / James A. Black (6)

Thomas Bailey Milford

Richard M. Valentine (7) / Thomas A. Sullivan (8)

Anderson County

John H. Reid*

John Brown Moore (9)

Benjamin Franklin Sloan (9)

John Wilson (9)

Barnwell County

Charles P. Leslie

Benjamin F. Berry

Robert Brown Elliott

Charles D. Hayne

James N. Hayne

Julius Mayer

William Joyce Mixson (10)

Beaufort County

Jonathan Jasper Wright (11)

George A. Bennett (12) / George M. Wells (13)

Philip E. Ezekiel

Charles S. Kuh

William C. Morrison

Robert Smalls

Carlos John Stolbrand

William J. Whipper

Charleston County

Richard Harvey Cain*
David Thomas Corbin***

Benjamin A. Boseman, Jr.

William J. Brodie

Stephen Brown

Robert Carlos DeLarge

John Benjamin Dennis

William H.W . Gray

Benjamin Franklin Jackson

Joseph H. Jenks

William R. Jervey

Samuel Johnson

George H. Lee

William McKinlay

Edward Charles Mickey

Franklin J. Moses, Jr.**

Alonzo Jacob Ransier (14)

Abraham Smith

Reuben Tomlinson

John B. Wright

Chester County

Lucius Wimbush*

Barney Burton

Barney Humphries

Sancho Saunders

Chesterfield County

Robert James Donaldson*

D.J.J. Johnson

Henry L. Shrewsbury

Clarendon County

Elias Evander Dickson*

William Nelson

Powell Smythe

Colleton County

William R. Hoyt*

William A. Driffle

Henry James

George Francis McIntyre

Thomas D. Richardson

William M. Thomas

Darlington County

Benjamin Franklin Whittemore* (15) /
John Lunney (16)

John Boston

Griffin Holliman

Jordan Lang

Alfred Rush

Edgefield County

Franz Walburg von Arnim

Lawrence Cain

John Gardner

David Harris

Samuel J. Lee

Prince R. Rivers

T. Root

John Wooley

Fairfield County

James Mars Rutland (17) /
George W. Barber (18)

Lewis W. Duvall

Henry Jacobs

Henry Johnson

Georgetown County

Joseph Hayne Rainey

William H. Jones

Franklin F. Miller

Henry W. Webb (19) / James A. Bowley (20)

Greenville County

James M. Allen

W.A. Bishop

Wilson Cooke

John B. Hyde

Samuel Tinsley

Horry County

Henry Buck

Zadoc Bullock (21) / James Congdon Beaty (22)

William W. Waller

Kershaw County

Justus K Jillson*

John A. Chestnut

Solomon G.W. Dill (23) / John A. Boswell (24)

Jonas A. Nash (25) / William Adamson (26)

Lancaster County

Robert Moorman Sims*

Thomas Franklin Clyburn

William George Stewart

Laurens County

Young John Pope Owens

Joseph Crews

Griffin Coleman Johnson

Harry McDaniel

Wade Perrin

Lexington County

Elliott Stanmore Jerome Hayes

George A. Lewie (27) / Frederick Sims Lewie (28)

Henry W. Purvis

Marion County

Henry E. Hayne

William S. Collins

Eben Hayes

Edward M. Stoeber

Benjamin A. Thompson

Marlboro County

Henry J. Maxwell*

John G. Grant

Thorogood Pate Stubbs (29) / James H. Jones (30)

Newberry County

Charles W. Montgomery***

Joseph D. Boston

James A. Henderson

James Hutson


Diedrich Biemann

Oliver Miller Doyle

William Calhoun Keith

Orangeburg County

Benjamin Franklin Randolph (31) /
Joseph A. Greene (32)

Edwin J. Cain

Francis DeMars

James P. Mays

Whitefield J. McKinlay

Thaddeus Kenlock Sasportas (33)

Pickens County

Thomas Adams Rogers*

William Thomas Field (34) /
James Earle Hagood (35)

Richland County

William Beverly Nash*

Aesop Goodson

William Simons

Samuel Benjamin Thompson

Charles McDuffie Wilder

Spartanburg County

Joel Foster

Javan Bryant

Samuel Littlejohn

Robert Marion Smith

Claudius Calhoun Turner

Sumter County

Thomas Jefferson Coghlan (36) /
William E. Johnston (37)

John Holt Feriter

Burrell S. James

William E. Johnston (37)

James E. Smiley

Union County

Hiram W. Duncan*

Simeon Farr

Junius S. Mobley

Samuel Nuckles

Williamsburg County

Stephen A. Swails*

Jeffrey Pendergrass

Charles H. Pettengill

Robert F. Scott

York County

William Edward Rose

John W. Mead

John L. Neagle

Patrick Joseph O'Connell

John Hannibal White
* The 1868 Constitution established four-year Senate terms with staggered elections every two years. Those with a single asterisk (*) are delegates with an initial two-year term to help this staggering approach.
** Franklin J. Moses, Jr. was elected as Speaker of the House. Albert O. Jones was elected as Clerk.
*** David Thomas Corgin was elected as President Pro Tempore of the Senate. He was then elected as acting Lt. Governor of South Carolina and therefore President of the Senate on November 24, 1868. Charles W. Montgomery was then elected as President Pro Tempore of the Senate on November 24, 1868. Josephus Woodruff was elected as Clerk.
(1) Refused to qualify and take his seat during the Special Session, and on 12/4/1868 the Senate deemed his seat to be vacant and ordered a new election.
(2) Not seated because his election was protested and the Senate declared the election null and void and vacated the seat for the duration of this general assembly.
(3) Died on August 11, 1869.
(4) Elected to replace George Dusenberry, qualified on 11/23/1869.
(5) Assassinated on on October 22, 1868.
(6) Elected to replace James Martin, but his election was protested and he died on January 19, 1869.
(7) Resigned on October 22, 1868.
(8) Elected to replace Richard M. Valentine, qualified on 11/23/1869.
(9) The Anderson County election was protested because of alleged fraud, bribery, and intimidation of voters. The House Committee of Privileges and elections deemed that there were not enough illegal votes cast to change the outcome, but they did find enough evidence of fraud, etc. to recommend a new election. However, the House voted to uphold the election of the sitting members, and they remained in office.
(10) Deemed ineligible to serve because of political disabilities imposed by the U.S. Congress. These disabilities were removed by Congress, however, and Mixson qualified on January 5, 1869 and he took his seat.
(11) Elected as Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court and resigned his Senate seat on February 2, 1870.
(12) Resigned on December 1, 1868 due to ill health.
(13) Elected to replace George A. Bennett, qualified on 1/22/1869.
(14) Resigned on January 14, 1869, but the House refused to accept his resignation.
(15) Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and resigned on September 19, 1868.
(16) Elected to replace Benjamin Franklin Whittemore, qualified on 12/1/1868.
(17) Elected as a Judge of the 4th Judicial District on August 26, 1868, resigned from the Senate on 9/7/1868.
(18) Elected to replace James Mars Rutland, qualified on 11/25/1868.
(19) Died on August 19, 1869.
(20) Elected to replace Henry W. Webb, qualified on 11/23/1869.
(21) Resigned on January 12, 1869 due to prolonged ill health.
(22) Elected to replace Zadoc Bullock, qualified on 11/23/1869.
(23) Murdered on June 4, 1868, before taking his seat in the House.
(24) Elected to replace Solomon G.W. Dill, qualified on 8/25/1868.
(25) Died circa April 15, 1869.
(26) Elected to replace Jonas A. Nash, qualified on 11/23/1869.
(27) Resigned on September 1, 1868.
(28) Elected to replace George A. Lewie, qualified on 12/3/1868.
(29) Resigned on September 10, 1868 due to pressing personal business.
(30) Elected to replace Thorogood Pate Stubbs, qualified on 11/24/1868.
(31) Died on October 16, 1868.
(32) Elected to replace Benjamin Franklin Randolph, qualified on 11/28/1868.
(33) Appointed Postmaster of Orangeburg circa April 1, 1869 by President Ulysses S. Grant, but he did not resign from the House of Representatives.
(34) Resigned on January 9, 1869 due to ill health and pressing personal business.
(35) Elected to replace William Thomas Field, qualified on 11/23/1869.
(36) Resigned on January 11, 1869.
(37) Elected to replace Thomas Jefferson Coghlan, qualified on 11/24/1869.
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