List of Attorneys General of South Carolina

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Following is a list of Attorneys General of the state of South Carolina. This is a complete list.

HM Attorneys-General of South Carolina

The colonial province of South Carolina was first organized under a royal governor in 1720. [1]

Attorneys General of South Carolina

Seal of the Attorney General of South Carolina

Alexander Moultrie, half-brother of Revolutionary War figure and future governor William Moultrie, was named the state's first Attorney General under its first state "President", John Rutledge, in 1776. Rutledge had been provincial Attorney General himself for 10 months before independence. Moultrie was impeached and resigned in 1792 for diverting state funds into the Yazoo land company fraud.

After the South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1876, the state was left with a contested election and a dual government, from the election in November through April 1877. Republican Robert B. Elliott served briefly in this situation under Republican governor Daniel Henry Chamberlain, while James Conner held office under fellow Confederate officer and Democrat Wade Hampton III. Hampton and Conner prevailed.


  1. South Carolina as a Royal Province, 1710-1776, by William Roy Smith, Macmillan, 1903, pages 412-413
  2. assistant / acting AG from 1742 through 1747; official term 1747 - 1757. See