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South Carolina Governors – Wade Hampton III, 1877-1879

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Wade Hampton III

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Biographical Overview

Portrait of Wade Hampton III
Wade Hampton III



  • Planter
  • Lieutenant General, Confederate States Army

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1877–1878

  • 1876 – Although Daniel Henry Chamberlain was initially declared winner of the 1876 election, a second count of the votes including previously ignored ballots from Laurens and Edgefield counties revealed that Hampton had received the most votes. Read more about the most corrupt election in SC history.
  • 1876-1877 – Hampton and Chamberlain both claimed to be governor until Chamberlain left the state in the 1877 withdrawal of federal troops. The troops had been called in to maintain order while the election fall-out was settled.
  • 1878 – The General Assembly passed a law ending public executions.

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1878–1879

  • 1879 – Governor Hampton resigned to become a US Senator

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1852-1858
  • South Carolina Senate, 1858-1861
  • US Senate, 1879-1891

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

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Election Results

General Election – First Term: November 3, 1876
Wade Hampton 92,261 votes 50.3%
Daniel Henry Chamberlain 91,127 votes 49.7%

General Election – Second Term: November 5, 1878
Governor Hampton was reelected without opposition.


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