Wilson Godfrey Harvey

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Wilson Godfrey Harvey
94th Governor of South Carolina
In office
May 20, 1922 – January 16, 1923
Preceded byRobert Archer Cooper
Succeeded byThomas Gordon McLeod
70th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 18, 1921 – May 20, 1922
GovernorRobert Archer Cooper
Preceded byJ.T. Liles
Succeeded byE.B. Jackson
Personal details
Wilson Godfrey Harvey

(1866-09-08)September 8, 1866
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedOctober 7, 1932(1932-10-07) (aged 66)
Tampa, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Franklin Butler
Margaret Waring
ProfessionBanker, politician

Wilson Godfrey Harvey (September 8, 1866 – October 7, 1932) was the 94th Governor of South Carolina from May 20, 1922, to January 16, 1923.


Born in Charleston, Harvey attended Charleston High School before dropping out at the age of 16 to work as a clerk in the office of The News and Courier. Five years later he became the manager of another Charleston newspaper, the World and Budget. Showing a penchant for business, Harvey was also involved with the management of Bradstreet Company and the organization of the Enterprise Bank of Charleston. From 1903 to 1911, Harvey served on the Charleston Board of Aldermen and became the Mayor Pro Tempore of Charleston in 1910.

Harvey was elected in 1920 to be the 70th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and was elevated to the governorship in 1922 upon the resignation of Governor Robert Archer Cooper. He continued the progressive reforms initiated by former governors Cooper and Richard Irvine Manning III by instigating higher standards in education and by favoring the use of concrete for road construction.

After finishing the term as governor in 1923, Harvey returned to the private sector where he managed a number of insurance companies. In 1923 he declared bankruptcy after the Enterprise Bank failed; he was tried in 1924 and acquitted on charges of fraud for continuing to accept deposits after he knew of the bank's failure.

He died in Tampa, Florida, on October 7, 1932. He was interred in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.

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Political offices
Preceded by
J.T. Liles
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
E.B. Jackson
Preceded by
Robert Archer Cooper
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Thomas Gordon McLeod