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SC Governors – Rawlins Lowndes, 1778-1779


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Rawlins Lowndes


Rawlins Lowndes:  Biographical Facts

  • Born: January, 1721 at St. Kitts, British West Indies
  • Died: August 24, 1800 in Charleston
  • Buried:
  • Religion:
  • Political Party: No party affiliation

Portrait of Rawlins Lowndes
Rawlins Lowndes
(Courtesy of South Carolina Legislative Manual)

Rawlins Lowndes:  Education

Rawlins Lowndes:  Occupation

  • Lawyer

Rawlins Lowndes:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1778–1779

  • March 19, 1778 – President Lowndes approved the changes to the state constitution that changed the title of South Carolina's chief executive's office from president to governor, although he was called "president" until the end of his term
  • March 19, 1778 – The new constitution also disestablished the Church of England in South Carolina, deprived the state's chief executive of the power to veto, and created a popularly elected Senate

Rawlins Lowndes:  Other Government Positions

  • Provost-Marshall, 1742-1752
  • South Carolina Senate
  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1783-1790

Rawlins Lowndes:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • 1766 – Lowndes authored a resolution to erect a statue of William Pitt in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1788 – Lowndes opposed ratification of the US Constitution

Rawlins Lowndes:  Election Results

  • On March 6, 1778, Lowndes was elected president by the South Carolina General Assembly.
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