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Richard Irvine Manning I

In office
December 3, 1824 – December 9, 1826
Lieutenant William A. Bull
Preceded by John Lyde Wilson
Succeeded by John Taylor

Born May 1, 1789(1789-05-01)
Sumter County, South Carolina
Died May 1, 1836 (aged 47)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic-Republican

Richard Irvine Manning I (May 1, 1789 – May 1, 1836) was an antebellum Democratic-Republican Governor of South Carolina from 1824 to 1826 and was later a Representative in the United States Congress.


Early life and career

Manning was born in the Sumter District and he received his education at the local private schools. In 1811, he graduated from South Carolina College where he was a member of the Clariosophic Society. He served as a captain in the South Carolina militia during the War of 1812. After the war, he engaged in planting on Hickory Hill Plantation in Clarendon County. It was there that his son and a future Governor of South Carolina, John Lawrence Manning, was born in 1816.

Political career

In 1820, Manning was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and served for one term. He successfully sought election to the South Carolina Senate and two years later in 1824, the General Assembly elected him as Governor of South Carolina. During his two-year term as governor, Manning advocated the reform of the Negro Laws by pushing for an end of execution by burning and to have capital cases tried by jury at a courthouse.

Upon leaving office in 1826, Manning remained active in politics and participated in the Union Party in opposition to the Nullifier Party. He made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1826 and was also unsuccessful in his bid for another term as governor in 1830. However, Manning won a special election in 1834 to fill the seat of the 8th congressional district caused by the death of James Blair. He was re-elected in 1834 to represent the 7th congressional district, but he died in Philadelphia on May 1, 1836 prior to the completion of the term. Manning was interred at the Trinity Episcopal churchyard in Columbia.


  • Wallace, David Duncan (1951). South Carolina: A Short History. University of North Carolina Press. pp. 397, 405, 437, 665.  

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Lyde Wilson
Governor of South Carolina
1824 – 1826
Succeeded by
John Taylor
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Blair
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 8th congressional district

1834 – 1835
Succeeded by
James Rogers
Preceded by
William K. Clowney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 7th congressional district

1835 – 1836
Succeeded by
John Peter Richardson II


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