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SC Governors – James Burchill Richardson – 1802-1804


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor James Burchill Richardson


James Richardson:  Biographical Facts

  • Born: October 28, 1770 in present-day Clarendon County (formerly Sumter District)
  • Family home: Big Home Plantation
  • Died: Died: April 28, 1836 in present-day Clarendon County
  • Buried: Internment at Richardson Cemetery near Rimini in Clarendon County
    Note: James Burchill Richardson's middle name is spelled Burchell on his tombstone.
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Governor James Burchill Richardson
James Burchill Richardson
(Courtesy of SC Archives and History Center)

James Richardson:  Education

James Richardson:  Occupation

James Richardson:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1802–1804

  • 1803 – All laws restricting the traffic of slaves were repealed by the General Assembly, except for a restriction on importing males over the age of 15 as slaves from other states.
  • 1803 – The Charleston Courier, later renamed Post and Courier was founded.

James Richardson:  Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1792-1802, 1804-1806, 1816-1818
  • South Carolina Senate, 1806-1814

James Richardson:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Governor Richardson was the son of famed Revolutionary War General Richard Richardson
  • The South Carolina State Waltz, the Richardson Waltz, evolved over hundreds of years by being passed down through generations of the Richardson family.

James Richardson:  Election Results

  • On December 8, 1802, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Richardson for governor by secret ballot.

James Richardson:  Web Resources

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