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SC Governors – Miles Benjamin McSweeney, 1899-1903

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Miles Benjamin McSweeney

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: April 18, 1855 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Died: July 4, 1921 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Buried: Methodist cemetery in Hampton, South Carolina
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Miles Benjamin McSweeney
Miles Benjamin McSweeney


  • Washington and Lee University - Lexington, VA - withdrew due to lack of funds


  • Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
  • Newspaper publisher

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1899–1901

  • September 29-October 2, 1900 – Four days of riots in Georgetown ended the Reconstruction "fusion" system that divided county offices between black Republicans and white Democrats

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1901–1903

  • February 22, 1902 – US Senator and former Governor Ben Tillman assaulted Senator John L. McLaurin of South Carolina in the US Senate chamber
  • January 5, 1903 – Theodore Roosevelt appointed a black man, Dr. William D. Crum, collector of customs for the Port of Charleston
  • January 15, 1903 – Lieutenant Governor James H. Tillman, nephew of former Governor Ben Tillman, shot and killed N. G. Gonzales, editor of The State

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1894
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1897-1899

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results, 1st Term

  • On June 2, 1899, McSweeney succeeded to office following the death of Governor William H. Ellerbe

Election Results, 2nd Term

  • On November 6, 1900, Governor McSweeney was reelected without opposition, receiving 46,457 votes

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