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SC Governors – Milledge Luke Bonham, 1862-1864

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Milledge Luke Bonham

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: December 25, 1813 in Red Bank, SC, now Saluda, SC
  • Died: August 27, 1890 in White Sulphur Springs, VA
  • Buried: Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia, SC
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  • Political Party: Democratic
Portrait of Milledge Luke Bonham
Milledge Luke Bonham



  • Planter
  • Lawyer
  • Major General, South Carolina Militia
  • Colonel, United States Army
  • Brigadier General, Confederate States Army

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1862–1864

  • 1863 – The General Assembly enacted a prohibition against distilling
  • 1863 – The General Assembly demanded that more land be used to grow food instead of cotton to increase the supply of food in the state

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1840-1844, 1865-1867
  • US House of Representatives, 1857-1860
  • Confederate States House of Representatives, 1862

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • 1861 – Bonham fought in the Battle of Bull Run
  • 1864 – Bonham returned to the Confederate States Army as a Brigadier General of Calvary after leaving office

Election Results

  • On December 17, 1862, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Bonham for governor by secret ballot.

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