John Gardiner Richards Jr.

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John Gardiner Richards Jr.
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96th Governor of South Carolina
In office
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
In office
January 10, 1899 – January 10, 1911
Personal details
Born (1864-09-11)September 11, 1864
Liberty Hill, South Carolina, C.S.A.
Died October 9, 1941(1941-10-09) (aged 77)
Liberty Hill, South Carolina

John Gardiner Richards Jr. (September 11, 1864 – October 9, 1941) was the 96th Governor of South Carolina from 1927 to 1931.


He was 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.

In 1898 he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 1910 he was appointed as the South Carolina Railroad Commissioner.

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.[1]

He died on October 9, 1941 on Liberty Hill, South Carolina.


  1. ^ From Walter Edgar's South Carolina: A History, p. 484:

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Gordon McLeod
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Ibra Charles Blackwood