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SC Governors – Duncan Clinch Heyward, 1903-1907

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Duncan Clinch Heyward

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: June 24, 1864 in Richland County, South Carolina
  • Died: January 23, 1943 in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Buried:
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Duncan Clinch Heyward
Duncan Clinch Heyward
Courtesy of Men of Mark in South Carolina



  • Planter
  • Businessman
  • Author

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st term, 1903–1905

  • February 13, 1903 – The General Assembly passed the state's first child labor law, making it illegal for any child under ten years of age to work in a factory, mine, or mill
  • June 6, 1903 – More than sixty people died when the Pacolet River flooded
  • The General Assembly passed the Brice Act, allowing individual counties to choose not to participate in the liquor dispensary system

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd term, 1905–1907

Other Government Positions

  • Collector of Federal Internal Revenue Taxes for South Carolina - appointed by President Woodrow Wilson, 1913

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Heyward authored Seed from Madagascar

Election Results, First Term

  • On November 4, 1902, Heyward was elected to his first term without opposition, receiving 31,817 votes

Election Results, Second Term

  • On November 8, 1904, Governor Heyward was reelected without opposition, receiving 51,917 votes

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