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David Rogerson Williams

Birthplace: Robbins Neck,South Carolina
Death: Died in Society Hill, Darlington County, South Carolina, United States
Cause of death: accidentally killed while superintending the construction of a bridge
Immediate Family:

Son of David Williams and Anne Williams
Husband of Gillian Williams; Elizabeth Williams and Sarah Williams
Father of Sarah Williams; Mary Williams; John Williams; Ann Phillips; Elizabeth Williams and 5 others

Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About David Rogerson Williams, Governor


David Rogerson Williams (March 8, 1776 – November 17, 1830) was a Representative in the United States Congress and the 45th Governor of South Carolina from 1814 to 1816.

Early life and career

Born in Darlington County, Williams was educated at schools in Wrentham, Massachusetts and attended Rhode Island College until he withdrew in 1795. Nonetheless, after studying law he was admitted to the bar in 1797 and he practiced law in Providence, Rhode Island for three years. Williams returned to South Carolina and became an editor of the Republican papers City Gazette and Weekly Carolina Gazette of Charleston. In 1803, Williams moved to Darlington County to engage in cotton planting and various manufacturing enterprises.

Political career

Williams was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1804 from the 3rd congressional district as a Democratic-Republican. In general, Williams was a political maverick who stressed the need for limited government while also having greater accountability to the voters. When Williams first arrived in Washington D.C., he was offered to have dinner with President Thomas Jefferson, but Williams refused because he felt that it might interfere with his independence of mind. To let the voters know how their money was being spent, Williams requested an itemization of appropriation bills rather than a lump sum, but the House voted against an itemization.

As an ardent Nationalist, Williams left the House in 1813 to participate in the War of 1812 and was appointed by President James Madison as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army. He resigned in 1814 because of personal reasons and was involved in agriculture until his election later that year as Governor of South Carolina for a two-year term by the General Assembly.

Later life and career

After leaving the governorship in 1816, Williams returned to Darlington County to resume his planting and manufacturing operations. He was elected in 1824 to the South Carolina Senate and served until his accidental death while superintending the construction of a bridge over Lynchs Creek on November 17, 1830. Williams was interned on Plumfield Plantation near Society Hill.

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David Rogerson Williams, Governor's Timeline

March 8, 1776
Robbins Neck,South Carolina
August 14, 1796
Age 20
Providence,Rhode Island
July 2, 1797
Age 21
Age 32
Darlington County, South Carolina, United States
October 1822
Age 46
South Carolina, United States
November 7, 1830
Age 54
Society Hill, Darlington County, South Carolina, United States