Thomas Bothwell Jeter Photo

Thomas Bothwell Jeter

Born: Oct 13, 1827

Death: May 20, 1893

Birthplace: Union County

Nationality: United States

Thomas Bothwell Jeter

Date of Birth : Oct 13, 1827
Date of Death : May 20, 1893
Birth Place : Union County

Thomas Bothwell Jeter was the 79th Governor of South Carolina from September 1, 1880 to November 30, 1880. Born in Santuc, South Carolina, five miles north of Carlisle in Union County, Jeter attended and graduated from South Carolina College in 1846. He was admitted to the bar 1848 and practiced law in the Upstate while concurrently holding the position of president of the Spartanburg and Union Railroad. Additionally during antebellum, he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1856. With the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Jeter volunteered for service in the Confederate Army and was made a captain of infantry. After the war, Jeter resumed his law practice, but was elected to the South Carolina Senate in 1872 after becoming disenchanted by Radical Republican rule of the state during Reconstruction. He continued to serve in the Senate and became the President Pro Tempore in November 1877 because of the mass resignations of Republicans after their party's defeat in the gubernatorial election of 1876, thereby giving control of the Senate to the Democrats.

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