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Col John Hugh Means
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1812
Fairfield County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1862
Prince William County
Virginia, USA

Governor of South Carolina (1850-1852). President of the 1852 Secession Convention and signer of the Ordinance of Succession in 1860. He was a Brigadier General in the South Carolina Militia and a Colonel in the Confederate States Army. Some sources list his date of death as Aug. 29, 1862 and others list it as Aug. 30, 1862.

John Hugh Means (August 18, 1812 – August 30, 1862) was the 64th Governor of South Carolina from 1850 to 1852 and an infantry colonel in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was killed in action at the Second Battle of Manassas, one of a handful of pre-war well-known politicians to perish during the conflict. Born in the Fairfield District of South Carolina, Means was educated at Mount Zion College in Winnsboro and he graduated from South Carolina College in 1832. He became a planter and his outspoken support of states' rights led him to his election in the General Assembly. During the agitation of secession in the decade prior to the Civil War, Means was elected in 1850 as Governor of South Carolina by the General Assembly, with Lieutenant Governor Joshua John Ward. He presided over a state convention in 1852 that passed a resolution stating that South Carolina had the right to secede if the Federal government sought in any way to disturb the institution of slavery. Furthermore, Means prepared the state for war by increasing the funding of the state militia. Means signed the Ordinance of Secession in 1860 and enrolled in the Confederate Army being elected to Colonel of the 17th South Carolina Infantry. The regiment saw action in Virginia at the battles of Malvern Hill during the Peninsula Campaign and then at the Rappahannock Station in prelude to the Second Battle of Manassas. As a part of Longstreet's Corps, the 17th Regiment arrived at 11 a.m. on August 29 to repulse an attack by Pope on the Confederates' right flank. After stopping the Union forces, the Confederates counterattacked and Means was killed in the fighting.

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The father of John Hugh Means (1812-1862) was Thomas Means (1767-1828). His mother was Sarah Milling Means (1773-1818). He had nine brothers: John (1789-1790), Isaac (1790-1838), Samuel (1793-1793), David Harper (1794-1840), Robert (1796), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1846), Edward (1804-1847), William Burney (1807-1857), and Henry (1810). He had four sisters, Maria Isabella (1799-1800), Sarah (1806-1806), Martha (1811-1811), Rebecca Mary Ann (1815-1815). He was married to Sarah Rebecca Stark Means (1814 - ) and had two children, Robert Stark Means (1833-1874), and Emma Sally Means (1835 - ). He was a ruling elder at Salem Presbyterian Church, founded 1812, for several years. The Means family gave the five acres of land on which Salem church now stands.

His cenotaph is at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) Cemetery, Columbia, S.C. (Click here)
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  Thomas Means (1767 - 1828)
  Robert Stark Means (1833 - 1887)*
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Means Family Cemetery
Salem Crossroads
Fairfield County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Richard Hodges
Record added: Feb 06, 2011
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Col John Hugh Means
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Col John Hugh Means
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Col John Hugh Means
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