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South Carolina Governors – Benjamin Franklin Perry, 1865

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Benjamin Franklin Perry

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: November 20, 1805 in Pendleton District, SC
  • Died: December 3, 1886 in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Buried: In Greenville, South Carolina
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Political Party: Unionist Democrat
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin Perry
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin Perry
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library


  • Preparatory schooling in Asheville, NC


  • Lawyer
  • Editor

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1865

  • 1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified
  • 1865 – The new state Constitution changed the gubernatorial election process from a secret vote by the General Assembly to a popular election
  • 1865 – The Black Codes were adopted by the state Constitutional Convention

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1836-1842, 1849-1860, 1862-1865
  • South Carolina Senate, 1844-1848

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Perry edited two pro-union newspapers: The Southern Patriot and The Mountaineer
  • 1865 – Perry was elected to the US Senate but was denied his seat

Election Results

  • On June 30, 1865, Perry was appointed provisional governor by President Andrew Johnson

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