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"M" is for Montagu, Lord Charles Greville (1741-1784)

South Carolina From A to Z
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"M" is for Montagu, Lord Charles Greville (1741-1784). Governor. In 1766 Montagu was appointed governor of South Carolina. During the first three years he managed to settle differences between backcountry settlers and coastal residents—and supporting an act that established circuit courts throughout the colony. In 1769 he sailed to England and did not return until 1771. He was embroiled in a controversy with the Commons House over its control of funding the colony’s budget. His attempt to relocate the capital to Beaufort created a furor. After the Assembly censured him, he dissolved it and called for new elections. Reelected members promptly chose the same Speaker and Montagu abruptly dissolved them. In 1773, having lost control of the situation. Lord Charles Greville Montagu precipitously sailed for England and soon thereafter resigned the governorship.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson 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.