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SC Governors – Thomas Bennett, Jr., 1820-1822


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Thomas Bennett, Jr.

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Biographical Facts


Portrait of Thomas Bennett, Jr
Thomas Bennett, Jr.
(Gibbes Museum of Art / Carolina Art Association)

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Education

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Occupations

  • Architect
  • Banker

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1820–1822

  • 1820 – A new law prohibited citizens from granting emancipation to their slaves without the General Assembly's permission
  • 1822 – A freedman named Denmark Vesey incited a slave rebellion, causing increased fears of slave uprisings and distrust of the abolition movement

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1804-1806, 1808-1810, 1812-1818
  • South Carolina Senate, 1819-1820, 1837-1840

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Election Results

  • On December 7, 1820, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Bennett for governor by secret ballot.

Thomas Bennett, Jr:  Web Resources

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