Charles Aurelius Smith

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Charles Aurelius Smith
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91st Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 14, 1915 – January 19, 1915
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Coleman Livingston Blease
Succeeded by Richard Irvine Manning III
67th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 17, 1911 – January 14, 1915
Governor Coleman Livingston Blease
Preceded by Thomas Gordon McLeod
Succeeded by Andrew J. Bethea
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Florence County
In office
January 12, 1909 – January 10, 1911
Personal details
Born January 22, 1861
Hertford County, North Carolina
Died April 1, 1916 (aged 55)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Fannie L. Byrd
Alma mater Wake Forest University
Profession Businessman, Banker
Religion Baptist

Charles Aurelius Smith (January 22, 1861 – April 1, 1916) was the 91st Governor of South Carolina from January 14, 1915, to January 19, 1915. His term of five days stands as the shortest for any governor in South Carolina.


Born on January 22, 1861, in Hertford County, North Carolina, Smith attended Wake Forest University and graduated in 1882. He moved to Timmonsville, South Carolina, the following year and began pursuing banking and business interests, eventually becoming the president of several banks in South Carolina. In addition, Smith served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Association and was a trustee of Furman University and Greenville Women's College.[1]

Smith was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1908 and was elected the 67th Lieutenant Governor two years later in 1911. Governor Cole Blease resigned five days before the end of his second term on January 14, 1915, so that he did not have to attend the inauguration of Richard Irvine Manning III.[2] Smith succeeded to the governorship and only performed ceremonial functions during his five days in office.[citation needed]

After serving as governor, Smith moved to Baltimore where he died on April 1, 1916. He was buried at Byrd Cemetery in Timmonsville and a large monument marks his grave.

He and his wife, Fannie L. Byrd, had nine children. Smith was a Baptist.[citation needed]

His home at Timmonsville, the Smith-Cannon House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[3]


  1. ^ Charles A. Smith, National Governors Association Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Charles Aurelius Smith, Find a Grave, April 4, 2008. Retrieved on September 22, 2011.
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas G. McLeod
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Andrew Bethea
Preceded by
Coleman L. Blease
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Richard Irvine Manning III