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SC Governors – Thomas Gordon McLeod, 1923-1927

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Thomas Gordon McLeod

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: December 17, 1868 in Lynchburg, South Carolina
  • Died: December 11, 1932
  • Buried: Bishopville Methodist Churchyard in Bishopville, SC
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Thomas Gordon McLeod
Thomas Gordon McLeod
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  • Lawyer
  • Teacher

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1923–1925

  • February 1, 1924 – The General Assembly adopted the yellow jessamine as the state flower
  • March 21, 1924 – The General Assembly passed the "6-0-1" Act, under which the state would pay a school's operating expenses for six months if the county would pay for one month

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1925–1927

  • 1926 – An amendment to the state constitution extended gubernatorial terms to four years and prohibited governors from being elected to consecutive terms
  • 1926 – Greenville industrialist John T. Woodside began the development of Myrtle Beach as a major resort with the opening of his Ocean Forest Hotel

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1900-1902
  • South Carolina Senate, 1902-1906
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1907-1911

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • McLeod served as president of the Bishopville Telephone Company after leaving office

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Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1st term - 1922
Coleman L. Blease 77,798 votes 44.8%
Thomas Gordon McLeod 65,768 votes 37.9%
George K. Laney 23,164 votes 13.4%

Democratic Runoff – 1st term - 1922
Thomas Gordon McLeod 100,114 votes 53.8%
Coleman L. Blease 85,834 votes 46.2%

General Election – 1st term - November 7, 1922
McLeod was elected without opposition, receiving 34,065 votes.

Democratic Primary – 2nd term - 1924
Thomas Gordon McLeod 107,356 votes 61.2%
J.T. Duncan 68,155 votes 38.8%

General Election – 2nd term - November 2, 1924
Governor McLeod was reelected without opposition, receiving 53,545 votes.


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