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South Carolina Governors – Ibra C. Blackwood, 1931-1935

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Ibra C. Blackwood

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: November 21, 1878 in Blackwood, SC
  • Died: February 12, 1936 in Spartanburg, SC
  • Buried: Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg, SC
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Ibra Charles Blackwood
Ibra Charles Blackwood
Courtesy of the
Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of SC



  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1931–1935

  • 1931 – The People's State Bank failed and its forty-four branches in South Carolina closed.

  • October 13, 1931 – The Charleston City Council passed the first Historic Preservation Ordinance in the nation.

  • December 5, 1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the US Constitution repealed prohibition, but the General Assembly legalized only beer and wine; the sale of strong liquor was still forbidden by laws passed during Governor Richard Irvine Manning III's administration.

  • May 19, 1934 – Governor Blackwood signed the act that created the South Carolina Public Service Authority and led to the construction of the Santee-Cooper dams

  • September 1934 – Seven striking textile workers were killed in Honea Path by special deputies when 45,000 of the state's 80,000 textile workers went on strike.

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1902-1906
  • Solicitor, Seventh Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, 1916-1930

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Blackwood was defeated in the 1926 Democratic gubernatorial primary by John Gardiner Richards. He returned to Spartanburg to practice law after leaving office.

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Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1930
Ibra Charles Blackwood 43,859 votes 18.6%
Olin D. Johnston 58,653 votes 24.9%
Lever 39,477 votes 16.8%
Williams 36,488 votes 15.5%
Keith 28,780 votes 12.2%
Herbert 17,102 votes 7.3%

Democratic Runoff – 1930
Ibra Charles Blackwood 118,721 votes 50.2%
Olin D. Johnston 117,752 votes 49.8%

General Election – November 4, 1930
Blackwood was elected without opposition, receiving 17,790 votes.


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