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SC Governors – Andrew Gordon Magrath, 1864-1865

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Andrew Gordon Magrath

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: February 8, 1813 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Died: April 9, 1893 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Buried:
  • Religion:
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Andrew Gordon Magrath
Andrew Gordon Magrath
Courtesy of Cyclopedia of Eminent and Representative Men



  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1864–1865

  • Magrath was the last South Carolina governor to be elected by secret ballot
  • Magrath was the last Confederate governor of South Carolina
  • February, 1865 – Columbia and Charleston were occupied by Union forces
  • May 28, 1865 – Governor Magrath's term ended when he was deposed by Union authorities

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives
  • South Carolina Secretary of State, 1860-1862

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Federal authorities imprisoned Magrath after removing him from office

Election Results

  • On December 18, 1864, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Magrath for governor by secret ballot.

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