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South Carolina Governors – Martin Frederick Ansel, 1907-1911

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Martin Frederick Ansel

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: December 12, 1850 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Died: August 23, 1945 in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Martin Frederick Ansel
Martin Frederick Ansel
Courtesy of Men of Mark in South Carolina


  • Walhalla, South Carolina common schools


  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments - First Term, 1907–1909

  • February 16, 1907 – The General Assembly abolished the liquor dispensary system, leaving each county in the state to either adopt prohibition or set up their own system of liquor regulation.
  • February 19, 1907 – The General Assembly passed legislation to place high schools under the supervision of the state government.
  • 1908 – Electrocution replaced hanging as the state's method of execution.
  • 1908 – Ellison D. Smith was elected to the first of his six terms in the US Senate.

Major Events and Accomplishments - 2nd Term, 1909–1911

  • By 1909 – Twenty of the state's forty-one counties had adopted prohibition.
  • By 1910 – Train schedules allowed morning delivery of The State to most of South Carolina.
  • November 8, 1910 – Woodrow Wilson, who spent his teenage years with family in Columbia, was elected governor of New Jersey.

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1882-1888
  • Solicitor, Eighth Judicial District of South Carolina, 1888-1901

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results

  • On November 6, 1906, Ansel was elected to his first term without opposition, receiving 30,251 votes.
  • On November 3, 1908, Ansel was reelected for a second term without opposition, receiving 61,060 votes.

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