John Gardiner Richards Jr.
|John Gardiner Richards Jr.|
|96th Governor of South Carolina|
January 18, 1927 – January 20, 1931
|Lieutenant||Thomas Bothwell Butler|
|Preceded by||Thomas Gordon McLeod|
|Succeeded by||Ibra Charles Blackwood|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Kershaw County|
January 10, 1899 – January 10, 1911
September 11, 1864|
Liberty Hill, South Carolina, C.S.A.
|Died||October 9, 1941
Liberty Hill, South Carolina
Born in Liberty Hill, South Carolina, on September 11, 1864, to John G. Richards and Sophia Edwards Smith, he attended schools in Liberty Hill and North Carolina's Bingham Military Institute for a short time.
- 1898: Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives
- 1910: Appointed as the South Carolina Railroad Commissioner
- 1926: Elected Governor of South Carolina on his fourth attempt by winning a contested Democratic primary.
The South Carolina Constitution had been amended in 1926 to give the governor a four-year term and Richards became the first South Carolina governor elected for a four-year term. His time as Governor was noted for his strict observance of Blue laws, even chastising golfers for playing on Sunday.
- From Walter Edgar's South Carolina: A History, p. 484:
- SCIway Biography of Governor John Gardiner Richards
- South Carolina Encyclopedia Biography of Governor John Gardiner Richards
- Letter written in 1926 by John G. Richards
Thomas Gordon McLeod
|Governor of South Carolina
Ibra Charles Blackwood