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 William Henry Gist

William Henry Gist

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 30 Sep 1874 (aged 67)
Union County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 9283406 · View Source
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South Carolina Governor. He attended South Carolina College and later served as a trustee of the college. He was a member of both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate, (1844-56). In 1858, he was elected as a Democrat the 68th Governor of South Carolina, serving until 1860. With the advent of the Civil War, as Governor he was a strong supporter of secession, he wrote to all cotton states except Texas to inform them of the likelihood of South Carolina's withdrawal from the Union and to request their cooperation. He left office the day that the Secession Convention convened and signed the Ordinance of Secession as a convention member. After leaving office, he was later appointed to the Executive Council, which superseded the state's regular government and served as chief of the Department of Instruction and Manufacturers. He died on his plantation from appendicitis at age 67.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: Drifter & Hammer
  • Added: 7 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9283406
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Gist (22 Aug 1807–30 Sep 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9283406, citing Gist Cemetery, Cross Keys, Union County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .