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SC Governors – David Rogerson Williams, 1814-1816


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor David Rogerson Williams

David Williams:  Biographical Facts

  • Born: March 8, 1776 in Robbins Neck, SC
  • Died: November 17, 1830 in Witherspoons Ferry, SC
  • Buried: Plumfield Plantation near Society Hill, SC
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Portrait of David Rogerson Williams
David Rogerson Williams

David Williams:  Education

  • Rhode Island College (now Brown University) - withdrew in 1795

David Williams:  Occupations

  • Lawyer
  • Planter
  • Hat, shoe, and cotton oil manufacturer
  • Brigadier General US Army

David Williams:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1814–1816

  • Cotton mills became widespread in South Carolina as a result of high cotton prices brought on by commercial restrictions during the War of 1812

David Williams:  Other Government Positions

  • US House of Representatives, 1805-1809, 1811-1813
  • South Carolina Senate, 1824-1827

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Williams built South Carolina's first cotton seed oil mill and introduced the mule to Southern agriculture
  • 1830 – Williams died in a construction accident

David Williams:  Election Results

  • On December 10, 1814, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Williams for governor by secret ballot.

David Williams:  Web Resources

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