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Encyclopedia > Joseph Emile Harley

Biographical Overview


Born: September 14, 1880 in Williston, South Carolina


Died: February 27, 1942 while Governor of South Carolina. He is buried in Baptist Cemetery, Barnwell, SC


Political Party: Democrat


Married to: Agnes Richardson


Education


University of South Carolina: LLB in 1902


Occupation


Colonel, South Carolina National Guard


Sergeant of Company L, 1st SC Volunteers in the Spanish American War


Lawyer


Major Events and Accomplishments


December 1941 – The United States entered World War II


Became Governor of SC November 4, 1941 upon the resignation of Governor Barnett Maybank who was elected to serve in the US Senate. February 27, 1942 – Governor Harley died in office after serving only four months of teminal throat cancer. Communicated by writing the last months of his life.


Other Government Positions


South Carolina House of Representatives, 1905-1906, 1927-1930


Mayor of Barnwell, SC, 1912-1922


Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1934-1941


Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions


Member of the Democratic Conventions at Denver in 1908


Member of the Democratic Conventions at San Francisco in 1920


Member of the Democratic Conventions at Houston in 1928


Member of the Democratic Conventions at Chicago in 1932


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Harley received an LLB from the University of South Carolina in 1902.
Harley served as a Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard and as Sergeant of Company L, 1st SC Volunteers in the Spanish-American War.
Harley became Governor of SC on November 4, 1941 upon the resignation of Governor Burnet Maybank who was elected to serve in the US Senate.
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