Governor Francis Wilkinson Pickens (1860 - 1862)

 

Biographical Summary

  • Son of Governor Andrew Pickens, Jr. (1779 – 1838)
  • Born: April 7, 1805 St. Paul's Parish, SC
  • Died: January 25, 1869 near Edgefield, SC
  • Buried: Willowbrook Cemetery in Edgefield, SC
  • Political Party: Democrat

Education

  • South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) 1827

Occupation

  • Lawyer

Major Events While Governor

  • December 20, 1860 – South Carolina seceded from the Union
  • January 9, 1861 – Pickens authorized troops to fire on the Union supply ship Star of the West (technically the first military engagement of the Civil War).

Other Government Positions Held

  • SC House of Representatives: 1832-1834, 1844-1846
  • US House of Representatives: 1834-1843
  • US Minister to Russia: 1858-1860

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Francis Wilkinson Pickens

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