Joseph Emile Harley

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Joseph Emile Harley
100th Governor of South Carolina
In office
November 4, 1941 – February 27, 1942
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Burnet R. Maybank
Succeeded by Richard Manning Jefferies
74th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 15, 1935 – November 4, 1941
Governor Olin D. Johnston
Burnet R. Maybank
Preceded by James Sheppard
Succeeded by Ransome Judson Williams
Mayor of Barnwell, South Carolina
In office
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Barnwell County
In office
January 11, 1927 – January 13, 1931
In office
January 10, 1905 – January 12, 1909
Personal details
Born (1880-09-14)September 14, 1880
Williston, South Carolina, United States
Died February 27, 1942(1942-02-27) (aged 61)
Resting place Baptist Cemetery, Barnwell, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Agnes Richardson
Alma mater University of South Carolina
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 1st South Carolina Volunteers
Battles/wars Spanish–American War

Joseph Emile Harley (September 14, 1880 – February 27, 1942) was the 100th Governor of South Carolina from 1941 to 1942 and a member of the "Barnwell Ring."

Early life and education[edit]

Harley was born September 14, 1880 in Williston, South Carolina.

Harley received an LLB from the University of South Carolina in 1902.

He married Agnes Richardson.


Harley served as a Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard and as sergeant of Company L, 1st SC Volunteers in the Spanish–American War.

He also worked as a lawyer.

Democratic Party Activities[edit]

Elected positions[edit]


Harley became Governor of South Carolina on November 4, 1941, upon the resignation of Governor Burnet Maybank who was elected to serve in the US Senate.

On February 27, 1942, Governor Harley died in office after having served only four months. He died of terminal throat cancer. The Governor could only communicate by writing in the last months of his life. He is buried in Baptist Cemetery, Barnwell, South Carolina.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Sheppard
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Ransome Judson Williams
Preceded by
Burnet R. Maybank
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Richard Manning Jefferies