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All U.S. Senators from South Carolina

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List of South Carolina senators, with plenty of pictures and photos. List includes current SC senators and all past United States senators of South Carolina. Since the founding of the United States government, Americans have elected two senators per state regardless of the state's population (unlike the House of Representatives). At first, senators were voted into the US Congress by their individual state legislatures. Today though, senators are elected directly by the people. Each pair of senators serve staggered six year terms, with senatorial elections happening every two years. The most recent senate race was especially exciting due to the democrats' controversial support of healthcare reform and the republicans' regrouping with the support of the Tea Party.
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    Pierce Butler

    Pierce Butler

    Dec. at 73 (1866-1939)
    March 4, 1789- October 25, 1796
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    John Hunter

    John Hunter

    Dec. at 84 (1737-1821)
    December 8, 1796- November 26, 1798
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    Charles Pinckney

    Charles Pinckney

    Dec. at 67 (1757-1824)
    December 6, 1798- June 6, 1801
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    Thomas Sumter

    Thomas Sumter

    Dec. at 98 (1734-1832)
    December 15, 1801- December 16, 1810
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    John Taylor

    John Taylor

    Dec. at 62 (1770-1832)
    December 31, 1810- November 1816
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    William Smith

    Dec. at 86 (1728-1814)
    December 4, 1816- March 3, 1823
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    Robert Young Hayne

    Robert Young Hayne

    March 4, 1823- December 13, 1832
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    John C. Calhoun

    John C. Calhoun

    Dec. at 68 (1782-1850)
    December 29, 1832- March 3, 1843
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    Daniel Elliott Huger

    Dec. at 75 (1779-1854)
    March 4, 1843- March 3, 1845
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    Franklin H. Elmore

    Franklin H. Elmore

    Dec. at 51 (1799-1850)
    April 11, 1850- May 29, 1850
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    Robert Woodward Barnwell

    Robert Woodward Barnwell

    Dec. at 81 (1801-1882)
    June 4, 1850- December 8, 1850
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    Robert Barnwell Rhett

    December 18, 1850- May 7, 1852
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    William F. De Saussure

    William F. De Saussure

    Dec. at 78 (1792-1870)
    May 10, 1852- March 3, 1853
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    Josiah James Evans

    Josiah James Evans

    March 4, 1853- May 6, 1858
  • 15
    Arthur P. Hayne

    Arthur P. Hayne

    Dec. at 79 (1788-1867)
    May 11, 1858- December 2, 1858
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    James Chesnut, Jr.

    James Chesnut, Jr.

    Dec. at 70 (1815-1885)
    December 3, 1858- November 10, 1860
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    Thomas J. Robertson

    Thomas J. Robertson

    Dec. at 74 (1823-1897)
    July 15, 1868- March 3, 1877
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    Matthew C. Butler

    Matthew C. Butler

    March 4, 1877- March 3, 1895
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    Benjamin R. Tillman

    Benjamin R. Tillman

    March 4, 1895- July 3, 1918
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    Christie Benet

    Christie Benet

    Dec. at 72 (1879-1951)
    July 6, 1918- November 5, 1918
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    William P. Pollock

    William P. Pollock

    Dec. at 52 (1870-1922)
    November 6, 1918- March 3, 1919
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    Nathaniel B. Dial

    Nathaniel B. Dial

    Dec. at 78 (1862-1940)
    March 3, 1919- March 3, 1925
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    Coleman Livingston Blease

    Coleman Livingston Blease

    Dec. at 74 (1868-1942)
    March 4, 1925- March 3, 1931
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    James F. Byrnes

    James F. Byrnes

    Dec. at 90 (1882-1972)
    March 4, 1931- July 8, 1941
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    Alva M. Lumpkin

    Alva M. Lumpkin

    Dec. at 55 (1886-1941)
    July 22, 1941- August 1, 1941