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SC Governors – Benjamin Guerard, 1783-1785

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Benjamin Guerard

Benjamin Guerard  Biographical Facts

  • Born: 1740 in Charleston
  • Died: December 21, 1788 in Charleston
  • Religion: Huguenot
  • Political Party: No party affiliation

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Benjamin Guerard  Education

Benjamin Guerard  Occupation

  • Lawyer

Benjamin Guerard  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1783–1785

  • 1783 – Guerard was the first Huguenot to be elected governor of South Carolina
  • 1783 – Charlestown was incorporated as a city and officially adopted the name Charleston
  • The cultivation of cotton for export began on a limited scale

Benjamin Guerard  Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina Provincial Assembly, 1765-1768
  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1779-1780, 1783
  • South Carolina Senate, 1782

Benjamin Guerard  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Guerard offered his entire estate to raise funds to provide for his fellow prisoners while being held by the British as a prisoner of war
  • 1782 – Guerard served on the council that negotiated the withdrawal of the British from Charleston

Benjamin Guerard  Election Results

  • In 1783, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Guerard for governor by secret ballot.

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