List of United States Senators from South Carolina

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South Carolina ratified the Constitution on May 23, 1788. Its Senate seats were declared vacant in July 1861 owing to its secession from the Union. They were again filled from July 1868.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election will be in 2020.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1998, 2004, and 2010. The next election will be in 2016.

# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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1 Pierce butler.jpg
Pierce Butler
Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
October 25, 1796
Elected in 1789. 1 1st Congress 1 Elected in 1789.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1795
Pro-
Administration
Ralph Izard.jpg
Ralph Izard
1
Anti-
Administration
2nd Congress
Re-elected in 1793.

Resigned.
2 3rd Congress
Democratic-
Republican
4th Congress 2 Election year unknown.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1801
Federalist JacobRead.jpg
Jacob Read
2
Vacant October 25, 1796 –
December 8, 1796
 
2 John Hunter Democratic-
Republican
December 8, 1796 –
November 26, 1798
Elected to finish Butler's term.

Resigned.
5th Congress
3 Charles Pinckney.jpg
Charles Pinckney
Democratic-
Republican
December 6, 1798 –
June 6, 1801
Elected to finish Hunter's term.
Elected to full term. in 1799.

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to Spain.
3 6th Congress
7th Congress 3 Elected in 1800.

Died.
March 4, 1801 –
October 26, 1802
Democratic-
Republican
John E. Colhoun.jpg
John E. Colhoun
3
Vacant June 6, 1801 –
December 15, 1801
 
4 ThomasSumter.jpg
Thomas Sumter
Democratic-
Republican
December 15, 1801 –
December 16, 1810
Elected to finish Pinckney's term.
  October 26, 1802 –
November 4, 1802
Vacant
Elected to finish Colhoun's term.

Resigned.
November 4, 1802 –
November 21, 1804
Democratic-
Republican
Pierce butler.jpg
Pierce Butler
4
8th Congress
  November 21, 1804 –
December 6, 1804
Vacant
Elected to finish Butler's term. December 6, 1804 –
February 26, 1826
Democratic-
Republican
John Gaillard G000005.jpg
John Gaillard
5
Re-elected in 1805.

Resigned.
4 9th Congress
10th Congress 4 Re-elected in 1806.
11th Congress
Vacant December 16, 1810 –
December 31, 1810
 
5 John Taylor South Carolina governor.jpg
John Taylor
Democratic-
Republican
December 31, 1810 –
November 1816
Elected to finish Sumter's term.
Re-elected December 20, 1810.

Resigned.
5 12th Congress
13th Congress 5 Re-elected in 1812.
14th Congress
Vacant November 1816 –
December 4, 1816
 
6 William Smith-SC.jpg
William Smith
Democratic-
Republican
December 4, 1816 –
March 3, 1823
Elected to finish Taylor's term.
Elected in to full term. in 1816.

Lost re-election.
6 15th Congress
16th Congress 6 Re-elected in 1818.
17th Congress
7 Ryhayne.jpg
Robert Y. Hayne
Jacksonian
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
December 13, 1832
Elected in 1822. 7 18th Congress Crawford
Republican
Jacksonian 19th Congress 7 Re-elected in 1824.

Died.
Jacksonian
  February 26, 1826 –
March 8, 1826
Vacant
Appointed to continue Gaillard's term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
March 8, 1826 –
November 29, 1826
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William Harper
6
Elected to finish Gaillard's term.

Lost re-election.
November 29, 1826 –
March 3, 1831
Jacksonian William Smith-SC.jpg
William Smith
7
20th Congress
Re-elected in 1828.

Resigned to become S.C. Governor.
8 21st Congress
Nullifier 22nd Congress 8 Elected in 1830.
Resigned due to ill health
March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
Nullifier Stephen Decatur Miller 8
Vacant December 13, 1832 –
December 29, 1832
 
8 John C. Calhoun.jpeg
John C. Calhoun
Nullifier December 29, 1832 –
March 3, 1843
Elected to finish Hayne's term.
23rd Congress   March 3, 1833 –
November 26, 1833
Vacant
Elected to finish Miller's term. November 26, 1833 –
November 29, 1842
Nullifier William C. Preston - Brady-Handy.jpg
William C. Preston
9
Re-elected in 1834. 9 24th Congress
Democratic 25th Congress 9 Re-elected in 1837.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
Whig
26th Congress
Re-elected in 1840.

Resigned.
10 27th Congress
  November 29, 1842 –
December 23, 1842
Vacant
Elected to finish Preston's term. December 23, 1842 –
August 17, 1846
Democratic George-McDuffie.jpg
George McDuffie
10
9 Daniel Elliott Huger Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Elected to finish Calhoun's term.

Resigned.
28th Congress 10 Re-elected in 1842 or 1843.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
Vacant March 3, 1845 –
November 26, 1845
  29th Congress
10 JohnCCalhoun.jpeg
John C. Calhoun
Democratic November 26, 1845 –
March 31, 1850
Re-elected to finish Huger's term.
  August 17, 1846 –
December 4, 1846
Vacant
Appointed to continue McDuffie's term.

Elected to finish McDuffie's term.
December 4, 1846 –
May 25, 1857
Democratic APButler.jpg
Andrew Butler
11
Re-elected in 1846.

Died.
11 30th Congress
31st Congress 11 Re-elected in 1848.
Vacant March 31, 1850 –
April 11, 1850
 
11 FHElmore.jpg
Franklin H. Elmore
Democratic April 11, 1850 –
May 29, 1850
Appointed to continue Calhoun's term.

Died.
Vacant May 29, 1850 –
June 4, 1850
 
12 RWBarnwell.jpg
Robert Woodward Barnwell
Democratic June 4, 1850 –
December 8, 1850
Appointed to continue Elmore's term.

Retired when successor elected.
Vacant December 8, 1850 –
December 18, 1850
 
13 Robert Barnwell Rhett.jpg
Robert Rhett
Democratic December 18, 1850 –
May 7, 1852
Elected to finish Elmore's term.

Resgined.
32nd Congress
Vacant May 7, 1852 –
May 10, 1852
 
14 WilliamDeSaussure.jpg
William F. De Saussure
Democratic May 10, 1852 –
March 3, 1853
Appointed to continue Rhett's term.

Elected November 29, 1852[1] to finish Rhett's term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
15 Hon. Josiah J. Evans, S.C - NARA - 528688.jpg
Josiah J. Evans
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
May 6, 1858
Elected in 1852 or 1853.

Died.
12 33rd Congress
34th Congress 12 Re-elected in 1854.

Died.
35th Congress
  May 25, 1857 –
December 7, 1857
Vacant
Elected to finish Butler's term.

Withdrew.
December 7, 1857 –
November 11, 1860
Democratic JHHammond.jpg
James Henry Hammond
12
Vacant May 6, 1858 –
May 11, 1858
 
16 Arthur P. Hayne - Brady-Handy.jpg
Arthur P. Hayne
Democratic May 11, 1858 –
December 2, 1858
Appointed to continue Evans's term.

Retired when successor elected.
17 James Chesnut, Jr.jpg
James Chesnut, Jr.
Democratic December 3, 1858 –
November 10, 1860
Elected to finish Evans's term.
Re-elected in 1858.

Withdrew, and later expelled for his support of the Confederate States.
13 36th Congress
Vacant November 10, 1860 –
July 15, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction
Civil War and Reconstruction November 11, 1860 –
July 16, 1868
Vacant
37th Congress 13
38th Congress
14 39th Congress
40th Congress 14
18 Thomas J. Robertson - Brady-Handy.jpg
Thomas J. Robertson
Republican July 15, 1868 –
March 3, 1877
Elected to finish the vacant term.
Elected to finish the vacant term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
July 16, 1868 –
March 3, 1873
Republican FASawyer.jpg
Frederick A. Sawyer
13
41st Congress
Re-elected in 1870.

Retired.
15 42nd Congress
43rd Congress 15 Elected in 1872 or 1873.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
Republican John J. Patterson - Brady-Handy.jpg
John J. Patterson
14
44th Congress
19 MatthewButler.jpg
Matthew Butler
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1895
Elected in 1876. 16 45th Congress
46th Congress 16 Elected in 1878. March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1891
Democratic Wade Hampton III - Brady-Handy.jpg
Wade Hampton III
15
47th Congress
Re-elected in 1882. 17 48th Congress
49th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1884.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
50th Congress
Re-elected in 1888.

Lost renomination.
18 51st Congress
52nd Congress 18 Elected in 1890.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
Democratic JohnIrby.jpg
John L. M. Irby
16
53rd Congress
20 Benjamintillman.jpg
Benjamin Tillman
Democratic March 4, 1895 –
July 3, 1918
Elected in 1894. 19 54th Congress
55th Congress 19 Elected in 1896.

Died.
March 4, 1897 –
May 20, 1897
Democratic Joseph Earle.jpg
Joseph H. Earle
17
  May 20, 1897 –
June 1, 1897
Vacant
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!] June 1, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
Democratic John Lowndes McLaurin.jpg
John L. McLaurin
18
56th Congress
Re-elected in 1900. 20 57th Congress
58th Congress 20 Elected in 1902.

Died.
March 4, 1903 –
February 20, 1908
Democratic Asbury Latimer.jpg
Asbury Latimer
19
59th Congress
Re-elected in 1906. 21 60th Congress
  February 20, 1908 –
March 6, 1908
Vacant
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!] March 6, 1908 –
March 3, 1909
Democratic FrankGary.jpg
Frank B. Gary
20
61st Congress 21 Elected in 1908. March 4, 1909 –
November 17, 1944
Democratic Senator Ellison DuRant Smith.jpg
Ellison D. Smith
21
62nd Congress
Re-elected in 1912.

Died.
22 63rd Congress
64th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1914.
65th Congress
Vacant July 3, 1918 –
July 6, 1918
 
21 ChristieBenet.jpg
Christie Benet
Democratic July 6, 1918 –
November 5, 1918
Appointed to continue Tillman's term.

Lost election to finish Tillman's term.
22 William P. Pollock.jpg
William P. Pollock
Democratic November 6, 1918 –
March 3, 1919
Elected to finish Tillman's term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
23 Nathaniel B. Dial.jpg
Nathaniel B. Dial
Democratic March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1925
Elected in 1918.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
23 66th Congress
67th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1920.
68th Congress
24 Coleman L Blease (cropped).jpg
Coleman Livingston Blease
Democratic March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1931
Elected in 1924.

Lost renomination.
24 69th Congress
70th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1926.
71st Congress
25 James F. Byrnes cph.3c32232.jpg
James F. Byrnes
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
July 8, 1941
Elected in 1930. 25 72nd Congress
73rd Congress 25 Re-elected in 1932.
74th Congress
Re-elected in 1936.

Resigned.
26 75th Congress
76th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1938.
Lost renomination, and then died
77th Congress
Vacant July 8, 1941 –
July 22, 1941
 
26 AlvaLumpkin.jpg
Alva M. Lumpkin
Democratic July 22, 1941 –
August 1, 1941
Appointed to continue Byrnes's term.

Died.
27 Roger Craft Peace.jpg
Roger C. Peace
Democratic August 5, 1941 –
November 4, 1941
Appointed to continue Byrne's term.

Retired when successor elected.
28 Burnet R. Maybank.jpg
Burnet R. Maybank
Democratic November 5, 1941 –
September 1, 1954
Elected to finish Byrnes's term.
Re-elected in 1942. 27 78th Congress
  November 17, 1944 –
November 20, 1944
Vacant
Appointed to complete Smith's term. November 20, 1944 –
January 3, 1945
Democratic WiltonHall.jpg
Wilton E. Hall
22
79th Congress 27 Elected in 1944. January 3, 1945 –
April 18, 1965
Democratic Johnston Olin.jpg
Olin D. Johnston
23
80th Congress
Re-elected in 1948.

Died.
28 81st Congress
82nd Congress 28 Re-elected in 1950.
83rd Congress
Vacant September 1, 1954 –
September 6, 1954
 
29 CharlesEzra2.jpg
Charles E. Daniel
Democratic September 6, 1954 –
December 23, 1954
Appointed to finish Maybank's term.

Resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
30 StromThurmond.png
Strom Thurmond
Democratic December 24, 1954 –
April 4, 1956
Appointed to finish Daniel's term., having been elected to the next term.
Elected to full term. in 1954.

Resigned.
29 84th Congress
31 Wofford Thomas A.jpg
Thomas A. Wofford
Democratic April 5, 1956 –
November 6, 1956
Appointed to continue Thurmond's term.

Retired.
32 Thurmond bioguide.jpg
Strom Thurmond
Democratic November 7, 1956 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1956. to finish his own term.
85th Congress 29 Re-elected in 1956.
86th Congress
Re-elected in 1960.

Changed parties September 16, 1964.
30 87th Congress
88th Congress 30 Re-elected in 1962.

Died.
Republican
89th Congress
  April 18, 1965 –
April 22, 1965
Vacant
Appointed to continue Johnston's term.

Lost nomination to finish Johnston's term.
April 22, 1965 –
November 8, 1966
Democratic DonaldRussell.jpg
Donald S. Russell
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Elected to finish Johnston's term. November 9, 1966 –
January 3, 2005
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Ernest Hollings
25
Re-elected in 1966. 31 90th Congress
91st Congress 31 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd Congress
Re-elected in 1972. 32 93rd Congress
94th Congress 32 Re-elected in 1974.
95th Congress
Re-elected in 1978. 33 96th Congress
97th Congress 33 Re-elected in 1980.
98th Congress
Re-elected in 1984. 34 99th Congress
100th Congress 34 Re-elected in 1986.
101st Congress
Re-elected in 1990. 35 102nd Congress
103rd Congress 35 Re-elected in 1992.
104th Congress
Re-elected in 1996.

Retired.
36 105th Congress
106th Congress 36 Re-elected in 1998.

Retired.
107th Congress
33 Lindsey Graham official photo.jpg
Lindsey Graham
Republican January 3, 2003 –
Present
Elected in 2002. 37 108th Congress
109th Congress 37 Elected in 2004. January 3, 2005 –
January 1, 2013
Republican Jim DeMint.jpg
Jim DeMint
26
110th Congress
Re-elected in 2008. 38 111th Congress
112th Congress 38 Re-elected in 2010.

Resigned to head The Heritage Foundation.
Appointed to continue DeMint's term.

Elected to finish DeMint's term.
January 2, 2013 –
Present
Republican Tim Scott, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Tim Scott
27
113th Congress
Re-elected in 2014. 39 114th Congress
115th Congress 39 To be decided in the 2016 election.
116th Congress
To be decided in the 2020 election. 40 117th Congress
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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Class 2 Class 3

List of living former U.S. Senators[edit]

As of January 2016, there are two former Senators who are living, both from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was Strom Thurmond of Class 2 (1954-1956, 1956-2003) on June 26, 2003. The most recent Class 3 senator to die was Donald S. Russell (1965-1966) on February 22, 1998.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Ernest Hollings 1966–2005 3 (1922-01-01) January 1, 1922 (age 94)
James W. DeMint 2005–2013 3 (1951-09-02) September 2, 1951 (age 64)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byrd, Robert C.; Wolff, Wendy (October 1, 1993). "The Senate, 1789-1989: Historical Statistics, 1789-1992" (volume 4 Bicentennial ed.). U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 164.