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SC Governors – Hugh Smith Thompson, 1882-1886

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Hugh Smith Thompson

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Biographical Overview

Portrait of Hugh Smith Thompson
Hugh Smith Thompson
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library



  • Captain of Cadets at The Citadel, Confederate States Army
  • Teacher

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 1882–1884

Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 1884–1886

  • 1886 – Governor Thompson resigned to assume his post as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina Superintendent of Education, 1878-1884
  • Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, 1886-1889

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Thompson helped establish the practice of funding public schools with local taxes while serving as South Carolina Superintendent of Education

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Election Results

General Election – 1st term - November 7, 1882
Hugh Smith Thompson 67,158 votes 79.5%
J. McLane 17,319 votes 20.5%

General Election – 2nd term - November 4, 1884
Governor Thompson was reelected without opposition, receiving 67,895 votes.


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