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Charles Aurelius Smith

In office
January 14, 1915 – January 19, 1915
Lieutenant None
Preceded by Coleman Livingston Blease
Succeeded by Richard Irvine Manning III

In office
January 17, 1911 – January 15, 1915
Governor Coleman Livingston Blease
Preceded by Thomas Gordon McLeod
Succeeded by Andrew J. Bethea

Born January 22, 1861
Hertford County, North Carolina
Died April 1, 1916
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Fannie L. Byrd
Profession Businessman, Banker
Religion Baptist

Charles Aurelius Smith (January 22, 1861 – April 1, 1916) was Democratic Governor of South Carolina from January 14, 1915 to January 19, 1915. His term of five days stands as the shortest for any governor in South Carolina.

Born on January 22, 1861 in Hertford County, North Carolina, Smith attended Wake Forest University and graduated in 1882. He pursued banking and business interests, becoming the president of several banks in South Carolina. In addition, Smith served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Association and was a trustee of Furman University and Greenville Women's College.

Smith was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1910 and became the Lieutenant Governor a year later in 1911. Governor Cole Blease resigned five days before the end of his second term on January 14, 1915, so that he did not have to attend the inauguration of Richard Irvine Manning III. Smith succeeded to the governorship and only performed ceremonial functions during his five days in office.

After serving as governor, Smith moved to Baltimore where he died on April 1, 1916. He was buried at Byrd Cemetery in Timmonsville and a large monument marks his grave.

He ans his wife, Fannie L. Byrd, had eight children. Smith was a baptist.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Coleman L. Blease
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Richard Irvine Manning III


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