John Gardiner Richards Jr.
|96th Governor of South Carolina|
January 18, 1927 – January 20, 1931
|Lieutenant||Thomas Bothwell Butler|
|Preceded by||Thomas Gordon McLeod|
|Succeeded by||Ibra Charles Blackwood|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Kershaw County|
January 10, 1899 – January 10, 1911
|Born||September 11, 1864|
Liberty Hill, South Carolina, C.S.A.
|Died||October 9, 1941 (aged 77)|
Liberty Hill, South Carolina
He was born in Liberty Hill, South Carolina on September 11, 1864 to John G. Richards and Sophia Edwards Smith.
He attended schools in Liberty Hill and North Carolina's Bingham Military Institute for a short time.
In 1898 he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 1910 he was appointed as the South Carolina Railroad Commissioner.
The South Carolina Constitution had been amended in 1926 to give the governor a four-year term and Richards became the first South Carolina governor elected for a four-year term. His time as Governor was noted for his strict observance of Blue laws, even chastising golfers for playing on Sunday.
He died on October 9, 1941 on Liberty Hill, South Carolina.
- From Walter Edgar's South Carolina: A History, p. 484:
- SCIway Biography of Governor John Gardiner Richards
- South Carolina Encyclopedia Biography of Governor John Gardiner Richards
- Letter written in 1926 by John G. Richards
Thomas Gordon McLeod
| Governor of South Carolina
Ibra Charles Blackwood