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SC Governors – Paul Hamilton, 1804-1806


South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton:  Biographical Facts

  • Born: October 16, 1762 in Willtown, SC
  • Died: June 30, 1816 at Rhodes Plantation, which is now part of Clarendon Plantation near Grays Hill outside Beaufort
  • Buried: At Rhodes Plantation - today the grave is located on the border of Clarendon Plantation and the Federal Laurel Bay Housing Project
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Portrait of Paul Hamilton
Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton:  Education

  • Schooled only until the age of 16 due to lack of financial resources

Paul Hamilton:  Occupations

  • Soldier, South Carolina Militia
  • Planter

Paul Hamilton:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1804–1806

  • The US Congress threatened to tax imported slaves, but backed down when the South Carolina General Assembly responded by threatening to remove its ban on the importation of male slaves over 15
  • A plan to reapportion the legislature was defeated in the South Carolina House of Representatives

Paul Hamilton:  Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1787-1789
  • South Carolina Senate, 1794, 1798-1799
  • South Carolina Comptroller, 1799-1804
  • US Secretary of the Navy, 1809-1812

Paul Hamilton:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • As Secretary of the Navy, Hamilton was instrumental in the creation of naval hospitals
  • 1995 – The last ship commissioned at the Charleston Navy Base, Aegis destroyer USS PAUL HAMILTON DDG-60, was named for Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton:  Election Results

  • On December 7, 1804, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Hamilton for governor by secret ballot.

Paul Hamilton:  Web Resources

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