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Barnabas Kelet Henagan (June 7, 1798 – January 10, 1855) was a physician and South Carolina politician who became Governor due to the death of Patrick Noble on April 7, 1840.


Early life and career

Henagan was born in Marlboro District on June 7, 1798 to Darby and Drusilla Henegan. He was educated at the academies in Marlboro County and he went on to study medicine at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Afterwards he returned to South Carolina to practice medicine as a physician and he also engaged in planting. In 1826, he became the president of the Brownsville Minerva Academy.

Political career

Henagan won election to the South Carolina Senate in 1834 and was elected by the General Assembly to be the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1838. In the final year of his term, Governor Patrick Noble died on April 7, 1840 and Henagan assumed the governorship. His term as governor lasted less than a year, but Henagan deplored to the Legislature about the poor condition of the public schools in the state and the corruption of the electoral process. After leaving office in 1840, Henagan was reelected to the state Senate in 1844 and served as the Secretary of State from 1846 to 1850.

Later life

On January 10, 1855 in Charleston, Henagan died and was buried at Rogers Cemetery in Marlboro County.


  • Wallace, David Duncan (1951). South Carolina: A Short History. University of North Carolina Press. pp. 461, 489.  

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Political offices
Preceded by
William DuBose
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
1838 – 1840
Succeeded by
W. K. Clowney
Preceded by
Patrick Noble
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
John Peter Richardson II


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