Richard Irvine Manning I

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Richard Irvine Manning I
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50th Governor of South Carolina
In office
December 3, 1824 – December 9, 1826
Lieutenant William A. Bull
Preceded by John Lyde Wilson
Succeeded by John Taylor
Member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina's 8th District
In office
December 8, 1834 – May 1, 1836
Preceded by James Blair
Succeeded by John Peter Richardson II
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Clarendon District
In office
November 22, 1830 – November 24, 1834
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Clarendon District
In office
November 25, 1822 – December 3, 1824
Personal details
Born (1789-05-01)May 1, 1789
Sumter County, South Carolina
Died May 1, 1836(1836-05-01) (aged 47)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Resting place Columbia, South Carolina
Political party Democratic-Republican
Other political
Union Party
Alma mater South Carolina College
Military service
Service/branch South Carolina militia
Rank Captain
Battles/wars War of 1812

Richard Irvine Manning I (May 1, 1789 – May 1, 1836) was the 50th Governor of South Carolina from 1824 to 1826 and was later a Representative in the United States Congress.

Early life and career[edit]

Manning was born in the Sumter District and he received his education at the local private schools. In 1811, he graduated from South Carolina College where he was a member of the Clariosophic Society. He served as a captain in the South Carolina militia during the War of 1812. After the war, he engaged in planting on Hickory Hill Plantation in Clarendon County. It was there that his son and a future Governor of South Carolina, John Lawrence Manning, was born in 1816.

Political career[edit]

In 1820, Manning was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and served for one term. He successfully sought election to the South Carolina Senate and two years later in 1824, the General Assembly elected him as Governor of South Carolina. During his two-year term as governor, Manning advocated the reform of the Negro Laws by pushing for an end of execution by burning and to have capital cases tried by jury at a courthouse.

Upon leaving office in 1826, Manning remained active in politics and participated in the Union Party in opposition to the Nullifier Party. He made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1826 and was also unsuccessful in his bid for another term as governor in 1830. However, Manning won a special election in 1834 as a Jacksonian to fill the seat of the 8th congressional district caused by the death of James Blair. He was re-elected in 1834, but he died in Philadelphia on May 1, 1836 (his 47th birthday) prior to the completion of the term. Manning was interred at the Trinity Episcopal churchyard in Columbia.


  • Wallace, David Duncan (1951). South Carolina: A Short History. University of North Carolina Press. pp. 397, 405, 437, 665. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Lyde Wilson
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
John Taylor
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Blair
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Rogers
Preceded by
William K. Clowney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Peter Richardson II