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SC Governors – John Peter Richardson, 1840-1842

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor John Peter Richardson

John P. Richardson

John Peter Richardson was the son of John Peter Richardson, Esq (1772-1811) and Floride Bonneau Peyre (1722-1844). There is some confusion as to his name's suffix because he appears to have used neither "Jr" nor "II" during his lifetime. His son, John P. Richardson, III, also served as South Carolina's governor and also did not use a suffix. In general, male children are labeled "Jr" (for Junior) when they share the exact same name as their father, so long as the latter is still alive. If they are named for another relative, then they are labeled the II. While neither suffix is mandatory, for the purpose of clarity this particular John Peter Richardson is often referred to as John Peter Richardson, Jr.

Biographical Overview

John Peter Richardson



  • Lawyer

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1840–1842

  • The Bank of South Carolina refused to recognize regulations enacted in the wake of the Panic of 1837
  • December 20, 1842 – The South Carolina Military Academy was established (now The Citadel)

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1825-1834
  • South Carolina Senate, 1834-1836
  • US House of Representatives, 1836-1839

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

Election Results

  • On December 9, 1840, the South Carolina General Assembly elected Richardson for governor by secret ballot.

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