|Date Born: 1787||
Date Died: April 7, 1840
|Place Born: Near Willington, in Abbeville County, SC||
Place Buried: Near Willington, present-day McCormick Co., SC
|Residence: Abbeville District, SC||
Rev. Moses Waddel's School at Willington (Abbeville District
at the time)
South Carolina House of Representatives: 1814-1824, 1832-1836
Governor of South Carolina: 1838-1840
April 7, 1840 Noble died in office
Patrick Calhoun Noble was born in 1787 at Oak Hill Plantation in Abbeville County near Willington, the son of Alexander Noble and Catherine (Calhoun) Noble.
Noble was educated at Rev. Moses Waddel's School and he graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1806. After studying law under George McDuffie and John C. Calhoun, he was admitted to the South Carolina bar on November 28, 1809 and commenced the practice of law with John C. Calhoun from 1809-1810. He then had his own law practice until his death in 1840.
Noble was additionally active with the South Carolina militia from 1813 to 1814 and he served as a major and paymaster.
On September 5, 1816, Patrick Calhoun Noble married Elizabeth Bonneau Pickens, daughter of Ezekiel Pickens and Elizabeth Bonneau Pickens, and they had seven known children.
In 1814, Noble was first elected to represent the Abbeville
District in the SC House of Representatives of the:
He declined to run again for the SC House, he instead was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, but he lost the 1824 election.
The General Assembly elected him as the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1830 for a two-year term.
In 1832, Patrick Calhoun Noble was elected again represent
the Abbeville Disrict in the SC House of Representatives upon
the completion of his term as Lieutenant Governor. He served
In 1836, he was first elected to represent the Abbeville District
in the SC Senate of the:
In this last assembly, the SC legislature elected him as the next governor of South Carolina on December 8, 1838, and he had to give up his seat in the Senate, and as President of the Senate.. His term as governor was marked by the after-effects of the Panic of 1837 resulting in the Charleston banks suspending specie payments. Also during his administration, a great agricultural convention was held in Columbia during 1839, which led to the formation of district (county) agricultural societies, a movement which no doubt largely contributed to the state's supremacy in the cultivation of rice and cotton at that point in time.
Noble died on April 7, 1840 before the expiration of his term and he was buried in Willington at the family cemetery at Oak Hill Plantation.
Administration of the state government devolved upon Lt. Gov. Barnabas Kelet Henagan until the next governor was elected in December of 1840.
Patrick Noble was born near Willington, South Carolina. After receiving an A.B. degree from the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) in 1806, he studied law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1809. He held the rank of Major in the First Brigade o the South Carolina Militia from 1813 to 1814. Prior to serving as governor, he was Bank Commissioner in Abbeville, SC; trustee of South Carolina College; Commissioner of Free Schools; a member of the SC House of Representatives from 1814 to 1824 and from 1832 to 1836 (Speaker for six of those years); aid to SC Governor Andrew Pickens, Jr. from 1817 to 1819; Lieutenant Governor from 1830 to 1832; Commissioner for Railroad between Charleston and Cincinnati, Ohio in 1835; and a member of the SC Senate from 1836 to 1838. During his term as governor, he had to contend with the after-effects of the Panic of 1837, which forced the banks of Charleston to suspend specie payment in October 1839. Noble died in office and was buried in the family cemetery near Willington.
|<< Last Governor - Pierce Mason Butler|