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South Carolina Governors – James Hopkins Adams, 1854-1856


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor James Hopkins Adams

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Biographical Overview

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Education

  • Yale College - graduated 1831

Occupation

  • Brigadier General, South Carolina Militia
  • Planter

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1854–1856

  • Governor Adams supported reopening the African slave trade but could not get support from the General Assembly.
  • Senator Preston Brooks of South Carolina attacked Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a walking cane on the floor of the US Senate - 1856

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1834-1837, 1840-1841, 1848-1849
  • South Carolina Senate, 1850-1853

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Adams signed the Ordinance of Secession, 1860
  • Adams was one of three delegates sent to Washington, DC to avert war with the Union and arrange for the transfer of federal property in South Carolina to the control of the state government, 1861

Election Results

  • On December 11, 1854, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Adams for governor by secret ballot.

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