South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1865
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The 1865 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on October 18, 1865 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. It was the first gubernatorial election in which the voters of South Carolina were able to directly choose the Governor as a result of the ratification of the South Carolina Constitution of 1865. However, the constitution only permitted for white males to cast ballots and blacks were forbidden from voting.
The general election was held on October 18, 1865 and James Lawrence Orr was elected as the first postbellum governor of South Carolina. He won a narrow victory over Wade Hampton who campaigned for his supporters not to vote for him. Neither candidate was aligned with any political party for the election.
|South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1865|
|James Lawrence Orr||9,928||51.9|
|Wade Hampton III||9,186||48.1|
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- Reynolds, John S. (1969). Reconstruction in South Carolina. Negro University Press. ISBN 0-8371-1638-4.
- "The Official Returns of the Governors Elections". The Charleston Daily Courier. 30 November 1865. p. 2.
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