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South Carolina Governors – Franklin J. Moses, Jr., 1872-1874

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Franklin J. Moses, Jr.

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: 1838 in Sumter District, South Carolina
  • Died: December 11, 1906
  • Buried: Winthrop, MA
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Republican
Portrait of Franklin J. Moses, Jr.
Franklin J. Moses, Jr.



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Major Events and Accomplishments, 1872–1874

  • 1872 – Many Republicans supported Reuben Tomlinson in the gubernatorial election as a result of rumors involving acceptance of bribes and misappropriation of state funds by Moses
  • 1874 – Governor Moses was indicted for misappropriation of state funds but the court ruled that he could not be prosecuted while governor

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Moses was convicted of fraud and theft on numerous occasions after leaving office
  • Moses was disowned by his family as a result of his infamy

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Election Results

General Election – October 16, 1872
Franklin J. Moses, Jr. 69,838 votes 65.4%
Reuben Tomlinson 36,553 votes 34.2%


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