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Our History: Featured Alumni: McLeod, Thomas G., 1894

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Thomas Gordon McLeod

Governor of South Carolina

Born in Lynchburg, South Carolina on December 17, 1868, Thomas Gordon McLeod attended Lynchburg Academy and graduated from Wofford College and the University of Virginia Law Department. His political career began when he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1900, and he became the first state senator of the newly formed Lee County in 1902. In 1906, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and re-elected in 1908. In 1922, he was elected the 95th governor of South Carolina. Re-elected in 1924, McLeod served as Governor of South Carolina until his term expired in 1927. Upon leaving office he became the president of the Bishopville Telephone Company. He died on December 11, 1932, in Bishopville and is buried in the Bishopville Methodist Churchyard.

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