Martin Frederick Ansel
|Martin Frederick Ansel|
|89th Governor of South Carolina|
January 15, 1907 – January 17, 1911
|Lieutenant||Thomas Gordon McLeod|
|Preceded by||Duncan Clinch Heyward|
|Succeeded by||Coleman Livingston Blease|
|Born||Martin Frederick Ansel
December 12, 1850
Charleston, South Carolina
|Died||August 23, 1945
Greenville, South Carolina
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Ophelia Anne Speights,
Addie Hollingsworth Harris
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, to John Ansel who was an immigrant from Württemberg in Germany and Fredrika Bowers, also a German immigrant, Martin grew up in the German "colony" of Walhalla, South Carolina. He was admitted to the bar in 1870, first practicing law in Franklin, North Carolina, for four years, then in Greenville, South Carolina, where he became involved in politics. He served in the state legislature between 1882 and 1888, then was elected solicitor in the eighth Judicial Circuit, where he stayed until 1901.
He explored a run for governor in 1902, but did not actually run until 1906. He was re-elected in 1908.
He was first married to Ophelia Anne Speights, daughter of A.M. Speights, founder of The Greenville News, with whom he had two daughters and a son, but who died in 1894, then to Addie Hollingsworth Harris, who died in 1937. One of his daughters, Frederica, christened the battleship USS South Carolina (BB-26) in 1908. He served as an elder at First Presbyterian church of Greenville. He was interred in Springwood Cemetery in Greenville.
- James Calvin Hemphill (1907). Men of Mark in South Carolina: Ideals of American Life: a Collection of Biographies of Leading Men of the State. Men of Mark Publishing Company. pp. 3–5. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
Duncan Clinch Heyward
|Governor of South Carolina
Coleman L. Blease
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