William H. Brawley
|William Hiram Brawley|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina|
January 18, 1894 – June 14, 1911
|Appointed by||Grover Cleveland|
|Preceded by||Charles H. Simonton|
|Succeeded by||Henry Augustus Middleton Smith|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 1st district
March 4, 1891 – February 12, 1894
|Preceded by||Samuel Dibble|
|Succeeded by||James F. Izlar|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Charleston County|
November 28, 1882 – December 24, 1889
May 13, 1841|
Chester, South Carolina
November 15, 1916 (aged 75)|
Charleston, South Carolina
|Resting place||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Alma mater||South Carolina College|
|Profession||judge, prosecutor, lawyer|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1861–1862|
William Hiram Brawley (incorrectly reported in some works as William Huggins Brawley; May 13, 1841 – November 15, 1916) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina and later a United States federal judge. He was the cousin of John James Hemphill and great-uncle of Robert Witherspoon Hemphill.
Born in Chester, South Carolina, Brawley attended the common schools, and graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1860. He enlisted as a private in Company F, Sixth Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Confederate States Army, on April 11, 1861. He lost an arm in the Battle of Seven Pines and was retired from service in 1862. He managed his family plantation from 1862 to 1864, then traveled and studied in Europe in 1864 and 1865. He read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1866, commencing a private practice in Chester until 1868. Brawley was elected solicitor of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina in 1868 and served until his resignation in 1874. He moved to Charleston and continued in private practice until 1893.
Brawley was a Representative from Charleston, South Carolina House of Representatives from 1882 to 1890. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses, and served from March 4, 1891, until February 12, 1894, when he resigned to accept a position on the bench.
Federal judicial service
On December 20, 1893, Brawley was nominated by President Grover Cleveland to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina vacated by Charles H. Simonton. Brawley was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 18, 1894, and received his commission the same day. He retired on June 14, 1911.
He thereafter lived in retirement until his death in Charleston, South Carolina, November 15, 1916. He is interred in Magnolia Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "William H. Brawley (id: B000775)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- William Hiram Brawley at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Our Civil War in Retrospect, William H. Brawley, National Magazine, September, 1905 (with photo)
- William H. Brawley at Find a Grave
Charles Henry Simonton
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Henry Augustus Middleton Smith
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st congressional district
James F. Izlar