Thomas Gordon McLeod

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Thomas Gordon McLeod
95th Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 16, 1923 – January 18, 1927
LieutenantE.B. Jackson
Preceded byWilson Godfrey Harvey
Succeeded byJohn Gardiner Richards, Jr.
66th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 15, 1907 – January 17, 1911
GovernorMartin Frederick Ansel
Preceded byJohn Sloan
Succeeded byCharles Aurelius Smith
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Lee County
In office
January 13, 1903 – January 8, 1907
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byB. Franklin Kelley
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Sumter County
In office
January 8, 1901 – January 13, 1903
Personal details
Thomas Gordon McLeod

(1868-12-17)December 17, 1868
Lynchburg, South Carolina
DiedDecember 11, 1932(1932-12-11) (aged 63)
Bishopville, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Alford
Alma materWofford College
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Thomas Gordon McLeod (December 17, 1868 – December 11, 1932) was the 95th Governor of South Carolina from 1923 to 1927.


Born in Lynchburg, South Carolina to William J. McLeod, a former captain in the Confederate Army, and Amanda McMillan Rogers McLeod, he attended Lynchburg Academy and graduated from Wofford College and the University of Virginia Law School.

His political career began when he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1900 and he became the first state senator from the newly formed Lee County in 1902. In 1906, he was elected the 66th lieutenant governor of South Carolina and re-elected in 1908. In the 1922 gubernatorial election, McLeod won a Democratic primary runoff against former Governor Cole Blease, effectively becoming the 95th governor of South Carolina. Re-elected in 1924, McLeod served as governor until his term expired in 1927.

Upon leaving office he became the president of the Bishopville Telephone Company. He died on December 11, 1932, in Bishopville and is buried in the Bishopville Methodist Churchyard.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Sloan
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Charles A. Smith
Preceded by
Wilson Godfrey Harvey
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
John Gardiner Richards, Jr.