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SC Governors – Coleman Livingston Blease, 1911-1915

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Coleman Livingston Blease

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: October 8, 1868 near Newberry, South Carolina
  • Died: January 19, 1942 in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Buried: Rosemont Cemetery in Newberry, South Carolina
  • Religion: Methodist Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Coleman Livingston Blease
Coleman Livingston Blease
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library



  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st term, 1911–1913

  • February 11, 1911 – The General Assembly adopted Henry Timrod's "Carolina" as the state song
  • August 27-28, 1911 – A severe hurricane destroyed the rice crop, marking the end of the commercial growth of rice in South Carolina
  • November 5, 1912 – Woodrow Wilson, who spent his teenage years with family in Columbia, was elected president of the United States

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd term, 1913–1915

  • January 14, 1915 – Governor Blease resigned just five days before the end of his second term
  • 1911-1915 – Over the course of his two terms in office, Governor Blease exercised his power to pardon over 1,500 times

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1890-1894, 1899-1900
  • South Carolina Senate, 1904-1908
  • Mayor of Newberry, SC, 1910
  • US Senate, 1925-1931

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results

  • On November 8, 1910, Blease was elected to his first term of governor without opposition, receiving 30,739 votes.
  • On November 5, 1912, Blease was reelected without opposition, receiving 44,122 votes.

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