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SC Governors – John Geddes, 1818-1820


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor John Geddes

John Geddes:  Biographical Facts

  • Born: December 25, 1777 in Charleston, SC
  • Died: March 4, 1828 in Charleston, SC
  • Buried: Scotch Presbyterian Churchyard in Charleston, SC
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Political Party: Democratic-Republican

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John Geddes:  Education

John Geddes:  Occupation

  • Major General, South Carolina Militia

John Geddes:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1818–1820

  • 1820 – The US Congress outlawed the African slave trade and declared that any citizen caught importing slaves from Africa would be guilty of piracy and be put to death
  • 1820 – The Missouri Compromise allowed slavery in southern parts of the Louisiana Territory

John Geddes:  Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1808-1816
  • South Carolina Senate, 1816-1818

John Geddes:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Geddes returned to the South Carolina Militia after leaving office.

John Geddes:  Election Results

  • On December 8, 1818, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Geddes for governor by secret ballot.
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