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James Burchill Richardson

In office
December 8, 1802 – December 7, 1804
Lieutenant Ezekiel Pickens
Preceded by John Drayton
Succeeded by Paul Hamilton

Born October 28, 1770(1770-10-28)
Clarendon County, South Carolina
Died April 28, 1836 (aged 65)
Clarendon County, South Carolina
Political party Democratic-Republican

James Burchill Richardson (October 28, 1770 – April 28, 1836) was a Democratic-Republican Governor of South Carolina from 1802 to 1804.

Born in Clarendon County to Richard Richardson, a famed Revolutionary War leader, he received his education at the local schools in Clarendon County and afterwards engaged in planting at the Richardson's Big Home Plantation. In 1792, Richardson was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and served for ten years. The General Assembly chose him to be Governor of South Carolina in 1802 for a two-year term. During his time as governor, the legislature repealed laws against the traffic of slaves, but prohibited the importation of slaves under the age of fifteen from other states.

Upon leaving the governorship in 1804, Richardson returned as a member of the state House of Representatives. He won election to the South Carolina Senate in 1806 and served until 1814. From 1816 to 1818, Richardson was a member of the state House of Representatives for a third and final time. He spent the rest of his life on his plantation where he died on April 28, 1836 and was interred at the Richardson Cemetery.


  • Wolfe, John Harold (1940). Jeffersonian Democracy in South Carolina. University of North Carolina Press. pp. 182, 189.  

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Drayton
Governor of South Carolina
1802 – 1804
Succeeded by
Paul Hamilton


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