Wade Hampton, III
b.28 Mar 1818 Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
d.11 Apr 1902 Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States
m. 6 Mar 1817
Facts and Events
Near the end of the Reconstruction, he was elected as 77th Governor of South Carolina, serving 1876-1879, and later was elected as a U.S. Senator. His election as governor was marked by extensive violence by the Red Shirts, a paramilitary group that served the Democratic Party to work to disrupt elections and suppress black voting in the state. They contributed to the Democrats regaining control of the state government.