United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1908

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The 1908 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 3, 1908 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. All seven incumbents were re-elected and the composition of the state delegation remained solely Democratic.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman George Swinton Legaré of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1903, defeated Republican challenger Aaron P. Prioleau.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic George S. Legaré (incumbent) 5,759 90.1 -9.2
Republican Aaron P. Prioleau 631 9.9 +9.2
Majority 5,128 80.2 -18.4
Turnout 6,390
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James O'H. Patterson of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1905, defeated W.S. Smith in the Democratic primary and Republican Isaac C. Myers in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
James O'H. Patterson 8,875 77.4
W.S. Smith 2,593 22.6


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James O'H. Patterson (incumbent) 8,440 99.3 +4.0
Republican Isaac C. Myers 58 0.7 -4.0
Majority 8,382 98.6 +8.0
Turnout 8,498
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Wyatt Aiken of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1903, defeated Julius E. Boggs in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Wyatt Aiken 5,304 54.0
Julius E. Boggs 4,526 46.0


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Wyatt Aiken (incumbent) 10,274 100.0 0.0
Majority 10,274 100.0 0.0
Turnout 10,274
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Joseph T. Johnson of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1901, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph T. Johnson (incumbent) 10,806 100.0 +1.3
Majority 10,806 100.0 +2.2
Turnout 10,806
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman David E. Finley of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1899, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
David E. Finley 6,572 45.4
T. Bothwell Butler 4,333 30.0
William P. Pollock 3,553 24.6
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
David E. Finley 8,051 58.1 +12.7
T. Bothwell Butler 5,816 41.9 +11.9


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic David E. Finley (incumbent) 9,468 100.0 0.0
Majority 9,468 100.0 0.0
Turnout 9,468
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman J. Edwin Ellerbe of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1901, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
J. Edwin Ellerbe 8,025 45.1
J. Willard Ragsdale 4,091 23.0
P.A. Hodges 2,803 15.8
James R. Coggeshall 1,900 10.7
W. Murchison 964 5.4
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
J. Edwin Ellerbe 9,608 57.2 +12.1
J. Willard Ragsdale 7,203 42.8 +19.8


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic J. Edwin Ellerbe (incumbent) 9,035 100.0 0.0
Majority 9,035 100.0 0.0
Turnout 9,035
  Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Asbury Francis Lever of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1901, defeated Republican challenger R.H. Richardson.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Asbury F. Lever (incumbent) 9,950 90.9 -6.7
Republican R.H. Richardson 998 9.1 +6.7
Majority 8,952 81.8 -13.4
Turnout 10,948
  Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 101, 105, 114, 118. 
  • "Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina. Part II." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume III. Columbia, SC: 1909, pp. 154–155.