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SC Governors – John Drayton, 1800-1802 and 1808-1810


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor John Drayton

John Drayton:  Biographical Facts

  • Born: June 22, 1767 in St. Andrews Parish, SC
  • Family home: Drayton Hall
  • Died: November 27, 1822 Charleston
  • Buried: Charleston
  • Religion: Congregationalist
  • Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Portrait of John Drayton
John Drayton
(Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library)

John Drayton:  Education

John Drayton:  Occupations

  • Planter
  • Author

John Drayton:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st term, 1800–1802

  • 1800 – The Santee Canal was completed
  • 1801 – South Carolina College was founded (now the University of South Carolina)
  • The General Assembly abolished the county court system and replaced it with a system of district courts

John Drayton:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd term, 1808–1810

John Drayton:  Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1792-1798
  • Lieutenant Governor, 1798-1800
  • South Carolina Senate, 1805-1808
  • US District Court Judge, 1812-1822

John Drayton:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

John Drayton:  Election Results

  • On December 4, 1800, Drayton served several months as governor prior to the election of 1800 upon succeeding to office at the death of Edward Rutledge. He was then elected to his first full term by the South Carolina General Assembly by secret ballot.
  • On December 8, 1808, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Drayton for his second term as governor by secret ballot.

John Drayton:  Web Resources

  • Listing of records available at SC Archives and History Center - 1st term | 2nd term
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