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SC Governors – Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr., 1987-1995

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr.

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: July 24, 1940 in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Died: December 7, 2005 in West Columbia, South Carolina
  • Buried: All Saints Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina
  • Religion: Episcopal
  • Political Party: Republican
Portrait of Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr.
Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr.
Courtesy of South Carolina Legislative Manual



  • Real estate broker
  • Businessman
  • South Carolina Campaign Chairman for Ronald Reagan - 1980, 1984

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1987–1991

  • September 11, 1987 – Pope John Paul II visited Columbia
  • January 27, 1988 – Jean H. Toal became the first woman ever to be elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court
  • June 7, 1988 – The General Assembly passed the Beachfront Management Act to control coastal development
  • September 21-22, 1989 – Hurricane Hugo hit South Carolina
  • May 30, 1990 – President of the University of South Carolina James B. Holderman resigned amidst charges that he misspent USC funds
  • July 18, 1990 – Operation Lost Trust began to unfold with the US Attorney for South Carolina's announcement that several South Carolina legislators were under investigation for receiving bribes or using drugs
  • August 24, 1990 – South Carolina reserve and National Guard units were activated in support of Operation Desert Shield

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1991–1995

  • 1991 – Governor Campbell appointed a citizen's panel to make recommendations on state government reform
  • 1991 – South Carolina's last major independent bank, the South Carolina National Bank, merged with Wachovia Bank of Winston-Salem, NC
  • December 21, 1992 – Former Governor Richard Riley was appointed US Secretary of Education
  • 1994 – Governor Campbell signed the South Carolina School-to-Work Transition Act

Other Government Positions

  • SC House of Representatives, 1970-1974
  • Executive Assistant to Governor Edwards, 1975
  • SC Senate, 1976-1978
  • US House of Representatives, 1979-1987

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Campbell managed the campaign of the first Republican to be elected mayor of Greenville
  • Campbell attended night classes in political science while a US Representative

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Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1st term - 1986
Mike Daniel 156,077 votes 47.4%
Phil Lader 86,136 votes 26.1%
Frank Eppes 59,125 votes 17.9%
Hugh Leatherman 28,158 votes 8.5%

Democratic Runoff – 1st term - 1986
Although Daniel received fewer than 50% of the votes in the Democratic primary, he was declared the official nominee when none of the other Democratic candidates requested a runoff.

Republican Primary – 1st term - 1986
Campbell was unopposed in the 1986 Republican gubernatorial primary.

General Election – 1st term - 1986
Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. 384,565 votes 51.0%
Mike Daniel 361,325 votes 47.9%

Democratic Primary – 2nd term - 1990
Theo Mitchell 116,471 votes 60.1%
Ernie Passailaigue 77,429 votes 39.9%

Republican Primary – 2nd term - 1990
Governor Campbell was unopposed in the 1990 Republican gubernatorial primary.

General Election – 2nd term - 1990
Carroll Ashmore Campbell, Jr. 528,831 votes 69.5%
Theo Mitchell 212,034 votes 27.9%


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