South Carolina Governors – Wade Hampton III, 1877-1879
South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Wade Hampton III
Also see: SC Government
Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1877–1878
- 1876 – Although Daniel Henry Chamberlain was initially declared winner of the 1876 election, a second count of the votes including previously ignored ballots from Laurens and Edgefield counties revealed that Hampton had received the most votes. Read more about the most corrupt election in SC history.
- 1876-1877 – Hampton and Chamberlain both claimed to be governor until Chamberlain left the state in the 1877 withdrawal of federal troops. The troops had been called in to maintain order while the election fall-out was settled.
- 1878 – The General Assembly passed a law ending public executions.
- Governor Hampton was known as the "Saviour of South Carolina" for his efforts to help South Carolina recover from Reconstruction.
Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1878–1879
- 1879 – Governor Hampton resigned to become a US Senator
Other Government Positions
- South Carolina House of Representatives, 1852-1858
- South Carolina Senate, 1858-1861
- US Senate, 1879-1891
Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions
|General Election – First Term: November 3, 1876
|Daniel Henry Chamberlain
|General Election – Second Term: November 5, 1878
Governor Hampton was reelected without opposition.