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SC Governors – Daniel Henry Chamberlain, 1874-1877

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Daniel Henry Chamberlain

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: June 23, 1835 in West Brookfield, MA
  • Died: April, 1907 in Charlottesville, VA
  • Buried: Charlottesville, VA
  • Religion:
  • Political Party: Republican
Portrait of Daniel Henry Chamberlain
Daniel Henry Chamberlain
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library


  • Yale University - graduated 1862 with honors


  • Second Lieutenant, United States Army
  • Planter
  • Lawyer
  • Author
  • Professor of Constitutional Law, Cornell University, 1883-1897

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1874–1877

  • Public expenditures were reduced
  • 1876 – Governor Chamberlain was inaugurated for a second term after a count was taken that disregarded votes from Laurens and Edgefield counties. Read more about the most corrupt election in SC history.
  • 1877 – A complete count of the votes revealed that Governor Chamberlain had been defeated by Wade Hampton.
  • 1877 – Chamberlain left South Carolina during the withdrawal of federal troops. The troops had been called in to maintain order while the election fall-out was settled.

Other Government Positions

  • Attorney General of South Carolina, 1868-1872

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Chamberlain was appointed receiver of the South Carolina Railway by order of United States Circuit Court and worked successfully to revive it.
    –Newspaper article about appointment - PDF - appeared in the New York Times on October 8, 1889
  • Chamberlain authored Charles Sumner and the Treaty of Washington

Web Resources

Election Results

General Election – November 3, 1874
Daniel Henry Chamberlain 80,403 votes 53.9%
John T. Green 68,818 votes 46.1%


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