James Burchill Richardson

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James Burchill Richardson
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41st Governor of South Carolina
In office
December 8, 1802 – December 7, 1804
Lieutenant Ezekiel Pickens
Preceded by John Drayton
Succeeded by Paul Hamilton
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Clarendon District
In office
November 25, 1816 – November 23, 1818
In office
November 26, 1804 – November 24, 1806
In office
November 26, 1792 – December 8, 1802
President pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate
In office
September 15, 1813 – September 24, 1813
Preceded by Samuel Warren
Succeeded by Savage Smith
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Clarendon District
In office
November 26, 1810 – December 8, 1813
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Claremont and Clarendon District
In office
November 24, 1806 – November 26, 1810
Personal details
Born (1770-10-28)October 28, 1770
Clarendon County, South Carolina
Died April 28, 1836(1836-04-28) (aged 65)
Clarendon County, South Carolina
Political party Democratic-Republican

James Burchill Richardson (October 28, 1770 – April 28, 1836) was the 41st Governor of South Carolina from 1802 to 1804.

Born in Clarendon County to Richard Richardson, a famed Revolutionary War leader, and Dorcas Richardson, an American heroine,[1] he received his education at the local schools in Clarendon County and afterwards engaged in planting at the Richardsons' Big Home Plantation. In 1792, Richardson was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and served for ten years. The General Assembly chose him to be Governor of South Carolina in 1802 for a two-year term. During his time as governor, the legislature repealed laws against the traffic of slaves, but prohibited the importation of slaves under the age of fifteen from other states.

Upon leaving the governorship in 1804, Richardson returned as a member of the state House of Representatives. He won election to the South Carolina Senate in 1806 and served until 1814. From 1816 to 1818, Richardson was a member of the state House of Representatives for a third and final time. He spent the rest of his life on his plantation where he died on April 28, 1836 and was interred at the Richardson Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellet, Elizabeth F. (1849). Wikisource link to The Women of the American Revolution (Third ed.). Wikisource.
  • Wolfe, John Harold (1940). Jeffersonian Democracy in South Carolina. University of North Carolina Press. pp. 182, 189. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Drayton
Governor of South Carolina
1802 – 1804
Succeeded by
Paul Hamilton