Charles Aurelius Smith
|Charles Aurelius Smith|
|91st Governor of South Carolina|
January 14, 1915 – January 19, 1915
|Preceded by||Coleman Livingston Blease|
|Succeeded by||Richard Irvine Manning III|
|67th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|
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|
January 12, 1909 – January 10, 1911
|Born||January 22, 1861
Hertford County, North Carolina
|Died||April 1, 1916 (aged 55)
|Spouse(s)||Fannie L. Byrd|
|Alma mater||Wake Forest University|
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.
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. Smith succeeded to the governorship and only performed ceremonial functions during his five days in office.
He and his wife, Fannie L. Byrd, had nine children. Smith was a Baptist.
- Charles A. Smith, National Governors Association Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Charles Aurelius Smith, Find a Grave, April 4, 2008. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 22, 2011.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
Thomas G. McLeod
|Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Coleman L. Blease
|Governor of South Carolina
Richard Irvine Manning III
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