The Royal Colony of South Carolina

27th Commons House of Assembly - 1765 to 1768
The Twenty-Seventh Commons House of Assembly under Royal Rule met on at least nine (9) known occasions. The first session met from October 28th to October 31s in 1765. The second session met from November 25th to November 29th in 1765. The third session met from January 7th to May 9th in 1766. The fourth session met from June 3rd to July 2nd in 1766. The fifth session met from November 11th to December 19th in 1766. The sixth session met from January 19th to May 28th in 1767. The seventh session met from November 3rd to November 20th in 1767. The eighth session met from January 5th to January 30th in 1768. The ninth session met from February 22nd to April 12th in 1768.

Election District


Christ Church Parish
(2 delegates)

Clement Lampriere

John Rutledge

Prince Frederick's Parish
(2 delegates)

Samuel Clegg

William Moultrie

Prince George's, Winyah Parish
(2 delegates)

Daniel Horry

Thomas Lynch

Prince William's Parish
(2 delegates)

Benjamin Guerard (1) / Thomas Ferguson (2)

William Roper

St. Andrew's Parish
(3 delegates)

William Henry Drayton

Benjamin Elliott (3) / Jeremiah Savage (4)

William Scott

St. Bartholomew's Parish
(4 delegates)

Rawlins Lowndes (5) / George Logan (5)

James Parsons

James Reid (6) / John Hunt (6)

James Skirving (7) / Rawlins Lowndes (7)

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

William Sanders

Benjamin Waring

St. Helena's Parish
(3 delegates)

John Colleton (8) / William Harvey (8) / John Mathewes (8)

Arthur Middleton (9)

William Middleton

St. James, Goose Creek Parish
(4 delegates)

John Channing

Alexander Fraser

Arthur Middleton (9) / Benjamin Smith (10)

John Parker

St. James, Santee Parish
(2 delegates)

Thomas Evance

David Oliphant

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

James Cordes, Jr.

Isaac Mazyck

Thomas Wright (11) / Charles Cantey (11) (12)

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

James Carson

Ebenezer Simmons

William Wragg

St. Mark's Parish
(2 delegates)

Benjamin Farrar

Samuel Wylly (12) / Charles Cantey (11) (12) / Isaac Porcher (12)

St. Matthew's Parish
(2 delegates)

Tacitus Gaillard (13)

William Thompson (13)

St. Michael's Parish
(3 delegates)

Benjamin Dart

Benjamin Guerard (1)

Charles Pinckney

St. Paul's Parish
(3 delegates)

Benjamin Elliott (3)

Christopher Gadsden

William Williamson

St. Peter's Parish
(1 delegate) 

Daniel Heyward (14) / Thomas Bee (14)

St. Philip's Parish
(3 delegates)

Miles Brewton

Henry Laurens

Henry Perroneau (15) / Hopkin Price (15)

St. Stephen's Parish
(1 delegate) 

Peter Porcher

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

Daniel D'Oyley

*Peter Manigault

Benjamin Simons
* Peter Manigault was elected as Speaker of the House. Thomas Skottowe was elected as Clerk of the House. Jonathan Badger and Edward Weyman were elected as Messengers of the House.
(1) Benjamin Guerard was elected to represent both Prince William's Parish and St. Michael's Parish. He chose to represent St. Michael's Parish.
(2) Thomas Ferguson was elected to replace Benjamin Guerard in Prince William's Parish, and he qualified on 1/21/1766.
(3) Benjamin Elliott was elected to represent both St. Andrew's Parish and St. Paul's Parish. He chose to represent St. Paul's Parish.
(4) Jeremiah Savage was elected to replace Benjamin Elliott in St. Andrew's Parish, and he qualified on 1/15/1766.
(5) Rawlins Lowndes declined to serve. George Logan was elected to replace Rawlins Lowndes, and he qualified on 1/28/1766.
(6) James Reid declined to serve. John Hunt was elected to replace James Reid, and he qualified on 4/22/1766.
(7) James Skirving declined to serve. Rawlins Lowndes was re-elected to replace James Skirving, and he qualified on 3/7/1766.
(8) John Colleton was appointed to the SC Council and he resigned from the House on June 15, 1766. William Harvey was elected to replace John Colleton, but he declined to serve. John Mathewes was elected to replace William Harvey, and he qualified on 4/7/1767.
(9) Arthur Middleton was elected to represent both St. Helena's Parish and St. James, Goose Creek Parish. He chose to represent St. Helena's Parish.
(10) Benjamin Smith was elected to replace Arthur Middleton in St. James, Goose Creek Parish, and he qualified on 1/22/1766.
(11) Thomas Wright died on January 13, 1766. Charles Cantey was elected to replace Thomas Wright, and he qualified on 5/8/1766.
(12) Samuel Wylly declined to serve because he could not swear the oath of office. Charles Cantey was elected to replace Samuel Wylly, but he was also elected to replace Thomas Wright in St. John's, Berkeley Parish, which he accepted (see 11 above). Isaac Porcher was elected to replace Charles Cantey, and he qualified on 11/20/1766.
(13) Tacitus Gaillard and William Thompson were forced to resign from the House on November 10, 1767, after the House received word that King George III had disallowed the Act which created the Parish.
(14) Daniel Heyward declined to serve. Thomas Bee was elected to replace Daniel Heyward, and he qualified on 1/14/1766.
(15) Henry Perroneau and Hopkin Price received equal votes in the general election, prompting a special election. Hopkin Price won that special election, and he qualified on 1/14/1766.
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