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SC Governors – Francis Wilkinson Pickens, 1860-1862

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Francis Wilkinson Pickens

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Biographical Overview

Portrait of Francis Wilkinson Pickens
Francis Wilkinson Pickens



  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1860–1862

  • December 20, 1860 – South Carolina seceded from the United States
  • January 9, 1861 – Pickens authorized troops to fire on the Star of the West, a Union ship, in the first military engagement of the Civil War
  • 1862 – South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) closed as a result of the onset of the Civil War

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1832-1834, 1844-1846
  • US House of Representatives, 1834-1843
  • US Minister to Russia, 1858-1860

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results

  • On December 14, 1860, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Pickens for governor by secret ballot.

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