The Early Governors

South Carolina has a long history of Governor leadership .  The government of the period included a governor, council (many appointed by the Lords Proprietor), and elected assembly.

  • William Sayle, July 26, 1669 - March 4, 1671
  • Joseph West, March 4, 1671 - April 19, 1672
  • Sir John Yeamans, April 19, 1672 - August 1674
  • Joseph West, August 1674 - October 1682
  • Joseph Morton, October 1682 - August 1684
  • Sir Richard Kyrle, August 1684
  • Joseph West, August or September 1684 - about July 1685
  • Robert Quary, about July 1685 - October 1685
  • Joseph Morton, October 1685 - November 1686
  • James Colleton, November 1686 - 1690
  • Seth Sothell, 1690 - about April 1692
  • Phillip Ludwell, about April 1692 - May 1693
  • Governor Thomas Smith, May 1693 - November 16, 1694
  • Joseph Blake, November 1694 - August 1695
  • John Archdale, August 1695 - October 1696
  • Joseph Blake, October 1696 - September 1700
  • James Moore Sr. 1700 - 1703
  • Sir Nathaniel Johnson  1703 - 1709