Historical records matching Gov. William Aiken, Jr., US Congress
About Gov. William Aiken, Jr., US Congress
US Congressman, South Carolina Governor. He served as the Governor of South Carolina from 1844 to 1846. He was later elected to represent South Carolina's 2nd and 6th Districts in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1851 to 1857. He was the first cousin of Confederate Officer and Congressman David Wyatt Aiken
William Aiken, Jr. (January 28, 1806 – September 6, 1887) was the 61st Governor of South Carolina. He served from 1844 to 1846.
He was the son of William Aiken, the first president of the pioneering South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company. Unfortunately, William Sr. was killed in a Charleston carriage accident and never saw his namesake town of Aiken, SC. Aiken's first cousin, D. Wyatt Aiken served as a Confederate States Army officer and five-term U.S. Congressman. Aiken Jr. was married to Harriet Lowndes Aiken. He was a successful businessman and planter and lived in Charleston, South Carolina. His house, the Aiken-Rhett House, is part of the Historic Charleston foundation.