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SC Governors – Robert Kingston Scott, 1868-1872

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Robert Kingston Scott

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: July 8, 1826 in Armstrong County, PA
  • Died: August 12, 1900 in Napoleon (Henry County) OH
  • Buried: Henry County, OH
  • Religion:
  • Political Party: Republican
Portrait of Robert Kingston Scott
Robert Kingston Scott


  • Central College and Starling Medical College, both in Ohio


  • Gold prospector
  • Doctor
  • Real estate speculator
  • Brigadier General of Volunteers, United States Army

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1868–1870

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1870–1872

  • 1870 – The South Carolina Constitution of 1868 lifted the prohibition on the reelection of a governor until four years after leaving office, allowing Scott to become the first governor of South Carolina to be elected to two consecutive terms
  • 1871 – The state debt tripled during Governor Scott's years in office, resulting in an unsuccessful attempt by the General Assembly to impeach him

Other Government Positions

  • Freedmen's Bureau

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Scott moved to Ohio when Democrats returned to power in state government, possibly out of fear of being prosecuted for misuse of funds during his administration - 1877
  • Scott pleaded guilty to accidental homicide after being prosecuted for murder - 1880

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Election Results

General Election – 1st term - June 2-3, 1868
Robert Kingston Scott 69,693 votes 75.0%
W.D. Porter 23,087 votes 24.8%

General Election – 2nd term - October 10, 1870
Robert Kingston Scott 85,071 votes 62.3%
R.B. Carpenter 51,537 votes 37.7%


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