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SOUTH   CAROLINA SC                                   Political History
  • May 23, 1788 - South Carolina is the 8th state to ratify the Constitution. South Carolina, one of the thirteen colonies, became the eighth state on May 23, 1788. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede form the Union. It re-entered the Union after the Civil War.
    Area - 31,189 sq. miles        Capital - Columbia   
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    Motto - spero Animis opibusque parati  (Latin - While I breathe, I hope. Ready in soul and resource.)
    Nickname - Palmetto State
- Charles Town becomes the capital city of Carolina in 1670.
- Increased importation of African slaves prompts a 1698 law providing cash incentives when bringing white servants into Carolina.
- The territory of Carolina is divided into North and South in 1712, each having its own governor.
- South Carolina becomes a royal colony in 1721. General Sir Francis Nicholson is made Governor.
- Henry Middleton, John Rutledge, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Lynch, and Christopher Gadsden all from Charles Town (Charleston) are named delegates to the First Continental Congress in 1774.
- Henry Middleton is chosen President of the Continental Congress on October 22, 1774.
- Four months before the Declaration of Independence is signed, South Carolina adopts a state constitution on March 24th, 1776, becoming the first independent government in the colonies. The constitution was drafted by a Provincial Congress.
- On July 7, 1776, Charles Town has its own Tea Party in the Harbor.
- Declaration of Independence arrives in Charles Town on August 5, 1776. the Declaration is read by Maj. Barnard Elliot under the Liberty Tree near today's address of 80 Alexander St.
- The new state government on February 13, 1777 requires that each male citizen denounce the King to pledge loyalty to the state of South Carolina.
- South Carolina's Revolutionary leader, Colonel Isaac Hayne on August 4, 1781, is hung by the British just beyond Charles Town's city limits.
- Charles Town changes its name to Charleston on August 13, 1783 when the city incorporates establishing its first municipal government.
- The British siege on Charleston begins March 29, 1780 and lasts 40 days.
- The British occupation of Charleston ends in 1782.
- The South Carolina state capital is moved from Charleston to Columbia in 1786.
- The U.S. Constitution is signed on September 17, 1787 by South Carolina delegates Pierce Butler, Charles Pinckney, John Rutledge, and Charles C. Pinckney.

- The US Constitutional Convention of 1787 gives the states the right to set voting qualifications.  South Carolina denies women the right to vote.     
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- South Carolina becomes the 8th State of the U.S.A. in 1788.
- Economics was the most prominent reason that prompted the moving of the capital to Columbia in 1790.
- The slave uprising of Denmark Vesey is made known to authorities in May 1822. Denmark Vesey and five others are hanged in July.
- Chief Osceola, of the Seminole Tribe, dies in 1838 during imprisonment at Ft. Moultrie.
- The Ordinance of Secession is ratified by "a Convention of the People of the State of South Carolina" in Institute Hall in Charleston on December 20 1860, proclaiming South Carolina "an independent commonwealth."
- 1861) The Civil War begins in 1861 at Charleston Harbor when Fort Sumter was attacked by Confederates.
- The 13th Amendment is ratified in 1865 abolishing slavery.
- Columbia is burned in 1865 by General Sherman and his Union troops.

- The Civil War ends on April 9, 1865 when General Lee surrenders to General Grant.
- South Carolina is readmitted to the Union in 1868. The previous districts become counties and townships are created.
- The first Black American to hold a major judicial position is Jonathan Jasper Wright who was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1870.
- Two black members in the House of Representatives including Robert Brown Elliot from the 3rd District in South Carolina are elected to the 41st Congress in 1870.
- Robert Brown Elliot, Joseph H. Rainey and Robert Carlos DeLarge of South Carolina were among 5 blacks elected to the 42nd Congress in 1871.
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- The Civil War Black hero, Robert Smalls, was elected to the U.S. Congress from South Carolina.
- In 1876 Wade Hampton, a former Confederate leader, is inaugurated as governor of South Carolina. The election confirms prevailing notions the South is not committed to Reconstruction.
- 1895) South Carolina Blacks are denied the right to vote by the 1895 South Carolina Constitution.
- The U.S. Mint-Charlotte Branch is closed in 1913.
- The cotton crop of 1921 is devastated by Boll weevils.
- In 1927 a Federal Reserve Bank branch opens in Charlotte.
- J. Strom Thurmond in 1954, failing to gain the Democratic endorsement, becomes the only U.S. Senator to be elected by a write-in vote. Thurmond serves until 2003.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a democrat in 1956.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a democrat in 1960.
- Statewide racial integration of schools begins in 1963.
- Strom Thurmond, changing parties in 1964 is re-elected this time as a Republican.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a Republican in 1966.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a Republican in 1972.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a Republican in 1978.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a Republican in 1984.
- The 1989 Hurricane Hugo storms into South Carolina severely damaging many historic buildings in Charleston . Total losses of the hurricane is estimated at $2.8 billion.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a Republican in 1990.
- The Confederate submarine, the H. L. Hunley, is found in the waters off Sullivan's Island in 1995.
- Strom Thurmond is re-elected as a Republican in 1996.
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- Strom Thurmond sets the  record for oldest serving member at 94 years in 1997 continuing to serve becoming the only U.S. Senator to serve at 100 years of age. He died 6 months after leaving office.
- Strom Thurmond sets the record for the longest tenure in the U.S. Senate at 43 years in 1997 and continues serving until 2003 increasing his record to 49 years.
- Strom Thurmond announces he will not seek re-election in 2002.
- At the age of 100 years and 6 months Senator Strom Thurmond dies in 2003. He was the longest serving U.S. Senator, having served 8 terms.

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