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South Carolina Governors – William Aiken, 1844-1846

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor William Aiken

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: January 28, 1806 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Died: September 6, 1887 in Flat Rock, NC
  • Buried: Charleston, SC in Magnolia Cemetery
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of William Aiken
Governor William Aiken
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
LC-BH82-4845 A



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Major Events and Accomplishments, 1844–1846

  • 1845 – The General Assembly chartered the Graniteville Manufacturing Company

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1838-1842
  • South Carolina Senate, 1842-1844
  • US House of Representatives, 1851-1857

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Aiken was arrested by federal authorities for refusing to attend the raising of the US flag at Fort Sumter after its capture by Union troops.
  • Aiken was reelected to the US House of Representatives after the Civil War but was denied his seat.

Election Results

  • On December 7, 1844, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Aiken for governor by secret ballot.

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