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South Carolina Governors – Pierce Mason Butler, 1836-1838

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Pierce Mason Butler

Also see: SC Government

There are actually two notable, but not related, Pierce Butlers in South Carolina's history. Pierce Mason Butler, the governor, whom this page is about and Pierce Butler Revolutionary War hero, US Senator and signer of the Constitution of the United States. To learn more about the Revolutionary period Pierce Butler click here.

Biographical Overview

  • Born: April 11, 1798
  • Died: December 22, 1846 in Mexico
  • Buried: Edgefield, SC
  • Religion:
  • Political Party: Democratic
Portrait of Pierce Mason Butler
Pierce Mason Butler


  • Moses Waddel's Academy in Abbeville, SC


  • Captain, United States Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel, South Carolina Militia
  • Banker

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1836–1838

  • Governor Butler appointed a commission to survey South Carolina's public schools in an effort to find areas of possible improvement
  • 1837 – The Panic of 1837 damaged South Carolina banks, causing periodic suspensions of specie payment over the next few years

Other Government Positions

  • US Agent to the Cherokee and Comanche Indians

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • 1846 – Butler died in the Mexican War at the Battle of Churubusco

Election Results

  • On December 10, 1836, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Butler for governor by secret ballot

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