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SC Governors – Joseph Emile Harley, 1941-1942

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Joseph Emile Harley

Also see: SC Government

Biographical Overview

  • Born: September 14, 1880 in Williston, South Carolina
  • Died: February 27, 1942
  • Political Party: Democrat
Portrait of Joseph Emile Harley
Joseph Emile Harley
Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library


  • Colonel, South Carolina National Guard
  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1941–1942

  • December 1941 – The United States entered World War II
  • February 27, 1942 – Governor Harley died in office after serving only four months

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1905-1906, 1927-1930
  • Mayor of Barnwell, SC, 1912-1922
  • Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1934-1941

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results

  • On November 4, 1941, Harley succeeded to office following the resignation of Governor Burnet Rhett Maybank

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