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“M” is for Manning, Richard Irvine (1789-1836)

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“M” is for Manning, Richard Irvine (1789-1836). Governor, congressman. Born in the portion of Camden judicial district that became Claremont County, Manning graduated from the South Carolina College in 1811. After serving in the War of 1812, he settled in Clarendon District. He was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives and served until 1824 when he was elected governor. Although a nationalist, he saw the General Assembly take an increasingly state’s rights position. As a result of the Tariff of 1824 legislators adopted a nullification stance despite his opposition. A staunch opponent of nullification, Manning voted against the Ordinance of Nullification as one of the few Unionist delegates to the 1832 Nullification Convention. In 1834 Richard Irvine Manning won a special election to the U.S. House of Representatives and was reelected the following year.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.