About Charles Aurelius Smith, Governor
Charles Aurelius Smith (January 22, 1861 – April 1, 1916) was the 91st Governor of South Carolina from January 14, 1915, to January 19, 1915. His term of five days stands as the shortest for any governor in South Carolina.
Born on January 22, 1861, in Hertford County, North Carolina, Smith attended Wake Forest University and graduated in 1882. He moved to Timmonsville, South Carolina, the following year and began pursuing banking and business interests, eventually becoming the president of several banks in South Carolina. In addition, Smith served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Association and was a trustee of Furman University and Greenville Women's College.
Smith was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1910 and became the 67th Lieutenant Governor a year later in 1911. Governor Cole Blease resigned five days before the end of his second term on January 14, 1915, so that he did not have to attend the inauguration of Richard Irvine Manning III. Smith succeeded to the governorship and only performed ceremonial functions during his five days in office.
After serving as governor, Smith moved to Baltimore where he died on April 1, 1916. He was buried at Byrd Cemetery in Timmonsville and a large monument marks his grave.
He and his wife, Fannie L. Byrd, had nine children. Smith was a baptist