Thomas Bennett, Jr.

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Thomas Bennett, Jr.
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48th Governor of South Carolina
In office
December 1, 1820 – December 1, 1822
LieutenantWilliam Pinckney
Preceded byJohn Geddes
Succeeded byJohn Lyde Wilson
Member of the South Carolina Senate from St. Philip's and St. Michael's Parish
In office
November 28, 1837 – November 23, 1840
Alongside Daniel Elliott Huger
Preceded byJoel Poinsett
Succeeded byKer Boyce
In office
November 27, 1820 – December 7, 1820
Alongside Philip Moser
Preceded byJames Reid Pringle
Succeeded byWilliam Crafts, Jr.
15th Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
November 28, 1814 – November 23, 1818
GovernorDavid Rogerson Williams
Andrew Pickens
Preceded byJohn Geddes
Succeeded byRobert Y. Hayne
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from St. Philip's and St. Michael's Parish
In office
September 15, 1813 – November 23, 1818
In office
November 23, 1812 – December 19, 1812
In office
November 28, 1808 – November 26, 1810
In office
November 26, 1804 – November 24, 1806
20th Intendant of Charleston, South Carolina
In office
1812 – 1813
Preceded byThomas McCalla
Succeeded byThomas Rhett Smith
Personal details
Born(1781-08-14)August 14, 1781
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedJanuary 30, 1865(1865-01-30) (aged 83)
South Carolina, C.S.A.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Mary Lightbourn Stone
Jane (Burgess) Gordon
 
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Thomas Bennett, Jr.
Thomas Bennett Jr.PNG
48th Governor of South Carolina
In office
December 1, 1820 – December 1, 1822
LieutenantWilliam Pinckney
Preceded byJohn Geddes
Succeeded byJohn Lyde Wilson
Member of the South Carolina Senate from St. Philip's and St. Michael's Parish
In office
November 28, 1837 – November 23, 1840
Alongside Daniel Elliott Huger
Preceded byJoel Poinsett
Succeeded byKer Boyce
In office
November 27, 1820 – December 7, 1820
Alongside Philip Moser
Preceded byJames Reid Pringle
Succeeded byWilliam Crafts, Jr.
15th Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
November 28, 1814 – November 23, 1818
GovernorDavid Rogerson Williams
Andrew Pickens
Preceded byJohn Geddes
Succeeded byRobert Y. Hayne
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from St. Philip's and St. Michael's Parish
In office
September 15, 1813 – November 23, 1818
In office
November 23, 1812 – December 19, 1812
In office
November 28, 1808 – November 26, 1810
In office
November 26, 1804 – November 24, 1806
20th Intendant of Charleston, South Carolina
In office
1812 – 1813
Preceded byThomas McCalla
Succeeded byThomas Rhett Smith
Personal details
Born(1781-08-14)August 14, 1781
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedJanuary 30, 1865(1865-01-30) (aged 83)
South Carolina, C.S.A.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Mary Lightbourn Stone
Jane (Burgess) Gordon

Thomas Bennett, Jr. (August 14, 1781 – January 30, 1865) was the 48th Governor of South Carolina from 1820 to 1822.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Charleston, Bennett was educated at the College of Charleston. In a partnership with his father, Bennett ran a lumber and rice milling operation. He also was employed as an architect and a banker in charge of the Planters and Merchant Bank of South Carolina and the Bank of the State of South Carolina.

Political career[edit]

Bennett was elected to a number of local positions for the city of Charleston, including Intendant (mayor), and gained election to the South Carolina House of Representatives on three non-consecutive occasions. In 1818, he was elected to the South Carolina Senate and the General Assembly elected him as the Governor of South Carolina in 1820. As governor, Bennett denounced the interstate slave trade that had been re-allowed by the repealing of a law against it in 1818. In light of the slave rebellion led by Denmark Vesey in 1822, Bennett came to view the institution of slavery as a necessary evil.

Later life and career[edit]

After leaving the governorship in 1822, Bennett returned to Charleston where, in about 1825, he constructed a house, today known as the Gov. Thomas Bennett House and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Later, he returned to the legislature one more time as a state senator from 1837 to 1840 and became well known as a Unionist. He died on January 30, 1865 and was buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Rutledge
President of South Carolina
1820 – 1822
Succeeded by
John Lyde Wilson
Preceded by
Thomas H. McCalla
Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina
1812 – 1813
Succeeded by
Thomas Rhett Smith