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SC Governors – Robert Francis Withers Allston, 1854-1858

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Robert Francis Withers Allston

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: April 21, 1801 in All Saint's Parish, South Carolina
  • Died: April 7, 1864 near Georgetown, SC
  • Buried: Georgetown, SC in Prince George's Churchyard
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Robert Francis Withers Allston
Robert Francis Withers Allston
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library


  • West Point Military Academy - graduated 1821


  • Colonel, South Carolina Militia
  • Planter
  • Author

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1856–1858

  • The General Assembly increased funding for South Carolina's public school system.
  • The US Supreme Court made the Dred Scott decision - 1857

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1828-1832
  • South Carolina Senate, 1850-1856

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Allston authored A Memoir of the Introduction and Planting of Rice in South Carolina, Report on Public Schools, and An Essay on the Sea Coast Corps.
  • Allston won a medal at the Paris Exposition for the cultivation of rice, 1855-1856

Election Results

  • On December 9, 1856, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Allston for governor by secret ballot.

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