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South Carolina: U.S. Senators

U.S. Senators from South Carolina, 1789-2020 (May be incomplete!)
Pierce Butler 1789-96 Ralph Izard 1789-95 Jacob Read 1795-1801 John Hunter 1796-98 Charles Pinckney 1798-1801 John E. Colhoun 1801-02 Thomas Sumter 1801-10 Pierce Butler 1802-04 John Gaillard 1804-26 John Taylor 1810-16 William Smith 1816-23 Robert Y. Hayne 1823-32 William Harper 1826 William Smith 1826-31 Stephen Decatur Miller 1831-33 John C. Calhoun 1832-43 William C. Preston 1833-42 George McDuffie 1842-46 Daniel Elliott Huger 1843-45 John C. Calhoun 1845-50 Andrew P. Butler 1846-57 Franklin H. Elmore 1850 Robert Woodward Barnwell 1850 Robert Rhett 1850-52 William F. DeSaussure 1852-53 Josiah J. Evans 1853-58 James Henry Hammond 1857-60 Arthur P. Hayne 1858 James Chesnut, Jr. 1858-60 Thomas J. Robertson 1868-77 Frederick A. Sawyer 1868-73 John J. Patterson 1873-79 Matthew C. Butler 1877-95 Wade Hampton 1879-91 John L. M. Irby 1891-97 Benjamin R. Tillman 1895-1918 Joseph H. Earle 1897 John L. McLaurin 1897-1903 Asbury C. Latimer 1903-08 Frank B. Gary 1908-09 Ellison D. Smith 1909-44 Christie Benet 1918 William P. Pollock 1918-19 Nathaniel B. Dial 1919-25 Coleman L. Blease 1925-31 James F. Byrnes 1931-41 Alva M. Lumpkin 1941 Roger C. Peace 1941 Burnet R. Maybank 1941-54 Wilton E. Hall 1944-45 Olin D. Johnston 1945-65 Charles E. Daniel 1954 Strom Thurmond 1954-56 Thomas A. Wofford 1956 Strom Thurmond 1956-2003 Donald S. Russell 1965-66 Ernest F. Hollings 1966-2005 Lindsey Graham 2003- Jim DeMint 2005-13 Tim Scott 2013-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1798 Nov 26: John Hunter, resigned.
  • 1802 Oct 26: John E. Colhoun, died in office.
  • 1826 Feb 26: John Gaillard, died in office.
  • 1842 Nov 29: William C. Preston, resigned.
  • 1845 Mar 3: Daniel Elliott Huger, resigned.
  • 1850 Mar 31: John C. Calhoun, died in office.
  • 1850 May 29: Franklin H. Elmore, died in office.
  • 1857 May 25: Andrew P. Butler, died in office.
  • 1858 May 6: Josiah J. Evans, died in office.
  • 1858 May 11: Arthur P. Hayne, appointed.
  • 1897 May 20: Joseph H. Earle, died in office.
  • 1908 Feb 20: Asbury C. Latimer, died in office.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Ellison D. Smith (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1918 Jul 3: Benjamin R. Tillman, died in office.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Nathaniel B. Dial (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1918 Nov 5: William P. Pollock (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Ellison D. Smith (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1924: James F. Byrnes (Dem), defeated for nomination; Nathaniel B. Dial (Dem), defeated for nomination.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Coleman L. Blease (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1926: Edgar A. Brown, defeated for nomination.
  • 1926 Nov 2: Ellison D. Smith (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1930 Nov 4: James F. Byrnes (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1936: Thomas Porcher Stoney (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1936 Nov 3: James F. Byrnes (Dem), elected; Joseph A. Tolbert (Rep), defeated; Marion W. Seabrook (Rep), defeated.
  • 1938: Edgar A. Brown, defeated for nomination.
  • 1938 Nov 8: Ellison D. Smith (Dem), elected; J. D. E. Meyer (Rep), defeated.
  • 1941 Aug 1: Alva M. Lumpkin, died in office.
  • 1942 Aug 25: Eugene S. Blease (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Burnet R. Maybank (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1944 Nov 17: Ellison D. Smith, died in office.
  • 1948: W. J. Bryan Dorn, defeated for nomination.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Olin D. Johnston (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1954 Sep 1: Burnet R. Maybank, died in office.
  • 1965 Apr 18: Olin D. Johnston, died in office.
  • 1966 Nov 8: Strom Thurmond (Rep), elected; P. Bradley Morrah, Jr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1966 Nov 8: Ernest F. Hollings (Dem), elected; Marshall J. Parker (Rep), defeated.
  • 1968 Nov 5: Ernest F. Hollings (Dem), elected; Marshall J. Parker (Rep), defeated.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Strom Thurmond (Rep), elected; Nick Zeigler (Dem), defeated.
  • 1974 Nov 5: Ernest F. Hollings (Dem), elected; Gwen Bush (Rep), defeated; Harold Hough (Ind), defeated.
  • 1978 Nov 7: Strom Thurmond (Rep), elected; Charles D. Ravenel (Dem), defeated.
  • 1980 Nov 4: Ernest F. Hollings (Dem), elected; Marshall T. Mays (Rep), defeated.
  • 1984 Jun 12: Melvin Purvis (Dem), nominated; Cecil J. Williams (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1984 Jun 12: Strom Thurmond (Rep), nominated; Robert Cunningham (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1984 Nov 6: Strom Thurmond (Rep), elected; Melvin Purvis (Dem), defeated; Stephen Davis (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 1986 Jun 10: Henry S. Jordan (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1986 Nov 4: Ernest F. Hollings (Dem), elected; Henry D. McMaster (Rep), defeated; Steve Vandervelde (Libertarian), defeated; Ray Hillyard (American), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Strom Thurmond (Rep), elected; Robert Cunningham (Dem), defeated; William H. Griffin (Libertarian), defeated; Marion C. Metts (American), defeated.
  • 1992 Nov 3: Ernest F. Hollings (Dem), elected; Tommy Hartnett (Rep), defeated; Mark Johnson (Libertarian), defeated; Robert Barnwell Clarkson II (American), defeated.
  • 1996 Jun 4: Elliot Close (Dem), nominated; Cecil J. Williams (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Strom Thurmond (Rep), elected; Elliot Close (Dem), defeated; Richard T. Quillian (Libertarian), defeated; Peter J. Ashy (Reform), defeated; Annette C. Estes (Natural Law), defeated.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Ernest F. Hollings (Dem), elected; Bob Inglis (Rep), defeated; Richard T. Quillian (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Lindsey Graham (Rep), elected; Alex Sanders (Dem), defeated; Ted Adams (Constitution), defeated; Victor Kocher (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 2004: Thomas Ravenel (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2008 Jun 15: Robert M. Conley (Dem), nominated; Michael Cone (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2008 Nov 4: Robert M. Conley (Dem), defeated.
  • 2013 Jan 3: Tim Scott, appointed.
  • 2014: Lee Bright (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2014: Thomas Ravenel (Ind), defeated.
  • 2014 Jun 10: Bill Connor (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 2014 Nov 4: Tim Scott (Rep), elected.
  • 2016 Nov 8: Tim Scott (Rep), elected.
  • 2020 Nov 3: Jaime R. Harrison (Dem), defeated.
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