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South Carolina Governors – James Hamilton, Jr., 1830-1832

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor James Hamilton, Jr.

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: May 8, 1786 in Charleston, SC
  • Died: November 15, 1857 in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of James Hamilton, Jr.
James Hamilton Jr.



  • Major, United States Army
  • Planter
  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1830–1832

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1820-1822
  • US House of Representatives, 1822-1829
  • South Carolina Senate, 1836

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Hamilton declined an offer from President Andrew Jackson to become United States Secretary of War
  • Hamilton helped found the Southern Quarterly Review
  • The Republic of Texas honored Hamilton with the title "perpetual citizen of the Republic of Texas", 1835
  • Hamilton died in a shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico, 1857

Election Results

  • On December 9, 1830, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Hamilton for governor by secret ballot.

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