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SC Governors – Burnett Rhett Maybank, 1939-1941

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Burnett Rhett Maybank

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: March 7, 1899 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Died: September 1, 1954 in Flat Rock, NC
  • Buried: Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Burnett Rhett Maybank
Burnett Rhett Maybank
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library



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Major Events and Accomplishments, 1939–1941

  • Maybank was the first Charlestonian to be elected governor since the Civil War
  • January 28, 1939 – The Riviera Theater, an "air cooled" 1,193 seat "movie palace", opened in Charleston
  • March 17, 1939 – The General Assembly adopted the Palmetto as the state tree
  • April 18, 1939 – The South Carolina Public Service Authority began clearing land for the Santee-Cooper project
  • September 1, 1939 – Germany invaded Poland
  • June 1940 – Franklin D. Roosevelt made Fort Jackson a permanent post for the United States Army
  • November 4, 1941 – Governor Maybank resigned to become a US Senator

Other Government Positions

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Maybank served on the American Battle Monuments Commission, 1947-1954
  • Maybank served in the US Senate from the time he resigned as governor until his death, 1941-1954

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Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1938
Burnet Rhett Maybank 177,900 votes 44.9%
Wyndham Manning 74,356 votes 18.8%
Coleman L. Blease 60,823 votes 15.4%
Bennett 47,882 votes 12.1%
Adams 26,376 votes 6.7%

Democratic Runoff – 1938
Burnet Rhett Maybank 163,947 votes 52.3%
Wyndham Manning 149,368 votes 47.7%

General Election – November 8, 1938
Maybank was elected without opposition, receiving 49,009 votes.


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