“M” is for McLeod, Thomas Gordon
“M” is for McLeod, Thomas Gordon [1868-1832]. Governor. Mcleod was born in Lynchburg, then in Sumter County. After being admitted to the bar, he moved to Bishopville and opened a practice. In 1900 Sumter County voters elected him to the House of Representatives. Two years later he advanced to the state senate as the first senator from newly-created Lee County. He served as lieutenant governor during Governor Martin Ansel, but lost a bid for the governorship to Cole Blease. In August 1922 McLeod became the Democratic nominee for Governor and was elected in November; he was re-elected in 1924. As governor, he signed the 6-0-1 Law which guaranteed all children in the state at least six months of schooling annually. With the completion of his second term in 1927, Thomas Gordon McLeod resumed his law practice and business pursuits in Lee County and Columbia.