Political Leadership

In this section find South Carolinians who served in leadership roles that helped shape policies and bring change.

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Blake, Joseph | South Carolina Public Radio
Blake, Joseph | South Carolina Public Radio

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“B” is for Blake, Joseph [1663-1700]. Governor. Born in England, Blake was a leader of the Dissenter political faction in South Carolina and a supporter of the Lords Proprietors in their disputes with...
James B. Edwards | History of SC Slide Collection
James B. Edwards | History of SC Slide Collection

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James B. Edwards was a dentist before he was elected as the first post-Reconstruction Republican Governor of South Carolina in 1974 (see Inauguration Of James B. Edwards). At the end of his term as...
James L. Orr | History of SC Slide Collection
James L. Orr | History of SC Slide Collection

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Born in Craytonville, in the Pendleton District, Governor James L. Orr (1822-1873) was educated in local schools and later attended the University of Virginia to study law. After graduation, he...
William Moultrie | History of SC Slide Collection
William Moultrie | History of SC Slide Collection

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Born in Charleston, William Moultrie (1730-1805) served in the South Carolina House of Commons, and in 1761, became involved in the Cherokee War. In 1775, he was elected to the first South Carolina...
Franklin I. Moses | History of SC Slide Collection
Franklin I. Moses | History of SC Slide Collection

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Born in Sumterville (now Sumter), Governor Franklin I. Moses (1838-1906) was educated in local schools and later studied law. As a private secretary to Governor Francis Pickens, he became involved in...