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South Carolina Governors – William Henry Gist, 1858-1860

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor William Henry Gist

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: August 22, 1807 in Charleston, SC
  • Died: September 30, 1874
  • Buried: Union District, SC
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of William Henry Gist
William Henry Gist



  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1858–1860

  • October 5, 1860 – Governor Gist notified the other southern states that South Carolina was strongly considering secession
  • December, 1860 – Governor Gist left office the same day the Secession Convention met to consider the question of secession following Lincoln's election as President of the United States

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1840-1844
  • South Carolina Senate, 1844-1856

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results

  • On December 10, 1858, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Gist for governor by secret ballot.

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