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SC Governors – Henry Middleton, 1810-1812

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Henry Middleton

Henry Middleton:  Biographical Facts

  • Born: September 28, 1770 in London, England
  • Family home: Middleton Place
  • Died: June 14, 1846 in Charleston
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Portrait of Henry Middleton
Henry Middleton
Courtesy of Middleton Place Foundation

Henry Middleton:  Education

  • Tutored in the classics at his family's plantation, Middleton Place; also studied for a year in England (returned to Charleston in 1787)


  • Planter

Henry Middleton:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1810–1812

  • 1811 – General Assembly instituted free schooling for poor children

Henry Middleton:  Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1802-1810
  • South Carolina Senate, 1810
  • US House of Representatives, 1815-1819
  • US Minister to Russia, 1820-1830

Henry Middleton:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Middleton's grandfather, also named Henry Middleton, was the second president of the Continental Congress from October 22, 1774 through October 26, 1774.

  • Middleton's father, Arthur Middleton, was a member of the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Henry Middleton:  Election Results

  • On December 8, 1810, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Middleton for governor by secret ballot.

Henry Middleton:  Web Resources


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