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Franklin Harper Elmore


In office
April 11, 1850 – May 29, 1850
Preceded by John C. Calhoun
Succeeded by Robert W. Barnwell

Born October 15, 1799
Laurens County, South Carolina, USA
Died May 29, 1850
Washington, D.C., USA
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Franklin Harper Elmore (October 15, 1799 – May 29, 1850) was a United States Representative and Senator. Born in Laurens District, he graduated from the South Carolina College at Columbia in 1819, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Waterboro. He was solicitor for the southern circuit from 1822 to 1836, a colonel on the staff of the Governor from 1824 to 1826, and was elected as a State Rights Democrat to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James H. Hammond. Elmore was reelected to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from December 10, 1836, to March 3, 1839. From 1839 to 1850 he was president of the Bank of the State of South Carolina 1839-1850; he declined appointment by President James Polk as Minister to Great Britain. Elmore was appointed as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John C. Calhoun and served from April 11, 1850, until his own death in Washington, D.C. in 1850; interment was in First Presbyterian Churchyard, Columbia.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James H. Hammond
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th congressional district

December 10, 1836 – March 3, 1939
Succeeded by
Sampson H. Butler
United States Senate
Preceded by
John C. Calhoun
United States Senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
April 11, 1850 – May 29, 1850
Served alongside: Andrew P. Butler
Succeeded by
Robert W. Barnwell
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