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SC Governors – William Haselden Ellerbe, 1897-1899

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor William Haselden Ellerbe

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: April 7, 1862 in Marion, South Carolina
  • Died: June 2, 1899
  • Buried: Marion, South Carolina
  • Religion: Methodist Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of William Haselden Ellerbe
William Haselden Ellerbe



  • Planter
  • Businessman

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1897–1899

  • March 5, 1897 – The General Assembly passed legislation establishing a state income tax
  • February 19, 1898 – The General Assembly created a new law requiring South Carolina railroads to maintain separate coaches for whites and blacks
  • November 8, 1898 – One white and seven blacks were killed in a race riot in Greenwood County on election day

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1899

  • June 2, 1899 – Governor Ellerbe died in office

Other Government Positions

  • Comptroller General of South Carolina, 1890-1892

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

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Election Results

General Election – 1st term - November 3, 1896
William Haselden Ellerbe 59,424 votes 89.1%
Sampson Pope 4,432 votes 6.7%
R. Wallace 2,780 votes 4.2%

General Election – 2nd term - November 8, 1898
Governor Ellerbe was reelected without opposition, receiving 28,225 votes.


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