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SC Governors – William Dunlap Simpson, 1879-1880

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor William Dunlap Simpson

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: October, 1823 in Laurens District, SC
  • Died: December 26, 1890
  • Buried: Laurens Cemetery in Laurens, SC
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of William Dunlap Simpson
William Dunlap Simpson
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library



  • Lawyer
  • Lieutenant Colonel, Confederate States Army

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1879–1880

  • The South Carolina Agricultural Bureau was established
  • 1880 – Governor Simpson resigned from office and assumed the post of Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives - 1854-1856, 1858-1860
  • South Carolina Senate, 1860-1863
  • Confederate States House of Representatives, 1863-1865
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1876-1879
  • Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, 1880-1890

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results

  • On February 26, 1879, Lieutenant Governor Simpson became governor following the resignation of
    Governor Wade Hampton

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