John L. Manning, 65th Governor of South Carolina

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John Lawrence Manning

Birthplace: Hickory Hill, his father's plantation in, Clarendon County, South Carolina, USA
Death: Died in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Trinity Churchyard, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Gov. Richard I Manning, Sr., US Congress and Elizabeth Peyre Manning
Husband of Susan Frances Manning and Sally Manning
Brother of Richard Irving Manning, II; Juliania Agusta Richardson; Anna Richardson Manning; Brown Manning; Susan Matilda Manning and 3 others

Occupation: planter, legislator, and Governonr of SC
Managed by: Scott Ronald Fleischer
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About John Lawrence Manning

John Laurence Manning, (January 29, 1816 – October 24, 1889) was the 65th Governor of South Carolina from 1852 to 1854.

In 1838, John L. Manning married Susan Frances Hampton (1816–1845), daughter of General Wade Hampton I and his wife, Mary Cantey, and half-sister of Colonel Wade Hampton II, who though he alone inherited their father's considerable fortune, shared it equally with her and another sister. She died giving birth to their third child. In 1848 Manning married Sally Bland Clarke and had four children by her.

John Manning and his wife, Susan, had Millford Plantation built in 1839 near Pinewood, South Carolina. It is now a National Historic Landmark.

He is interred in the churchyard at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

Honors - The town of Manning, South Carolina was named for him.

JOHN LAURENCE MANNING was born at Hickory Hill, Clarendon County, South Carolina. He attended Princeton University and in 1836 received a bachelor's degree from South Carolina College, where he later served as a trustee and Alumni Association President and established scholarships. A planter by trade, he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1842 to 1846 and in the South Carolina Senate from 1846 until 1852, when he was elected governor. During his gubernatorial term, Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and once more raised the issue of expansion of slavery into the territories. [Under the Missouri Compromise, Maine was admitted as a free state while Missouri was enabled to form a state constitution absent any restrictions on slavery, but with the proviso that slavery would be excluded from any land in the original Missouri territory north of the boundaries of the new state of Missouri. The Kansas-Nebraska Act nullified this compromise by permitting Kansans and Nebraskans to decide the slavery issue for themselves with the knowledge that the former would permit slavery.] Manning spoke the words: "[N]o man can tell the consequences of the dissolving of the Union; but a people who is not willing to risk all in defense of constitutional government does not deserve its blessings."

After leaving office, he was offered the position of U.S. Minister to Russia by President James Buchanan but declined appointment. He was a member of the South Carolina Secession Convention and a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. He served in the South Carolina Senate from 1861 to 1865 and in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1865 to 1867. Although elected to the U.S. Senate in 1865, he was denied the seat along with other southern Senators.


  • Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.
  • The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 12. New York:
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John L. Manning, 65th Governor of South Carolina's Timeline

January 29, 1816
Clarendon County, South Carolina, USA
October 29, 1889
Age 73
Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina, United States
Columbia, South Carolina, USA