South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Eugene Blackburn Gary
Date Born: August 22, 1854

 Date Died: December 10, 1926

Place Born: Cokesbury, SC (Abbeville District)

Place Buried: Upper Long Cane Cemetery, Abbeville, SC


Chief Justice 1912 - 1926
Associate Justice 1894 - 1912

Eugene Blackburn Gary was born on August 22, 1854 in Cokesbury, SC, the son of Dr. Franklin Fincher Gary and Mary Caroline (Blackburn) Gary. He enrolled at the South Carolina College in 1872 and received a degree in the classical branches that same year. At age eighteen (18) years old, he began to study law under his uncle, General M.W. Gary of Edgefield, SC.

He was admitted to practice law in SC in 1875, and he maintained his own law practice in Abbeville, SC until 1894.

In 1882, Eugene Blackburn Gary was elected as the chairman of the Abbeville Democratic party; he was unanimously re-elected again in 1888, 1890, and 1892.

On April 3, 1887, Eugene Blackburn Gary married Eliza Tusten, daughter of Hiram Foster Tusten and Agnes Ann (Davis) Tusten, and they had nine known children.

In 1888, Eugene Blackburn Gary was elected as one of five men to represent Abbeville County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 58th General Assembly that met from 1888 to 1889 - he replaced Robert Emmet Hill, who resigned

In 1890, Eugene Blackburn Gary was elected as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and served under Governor Benjamin Ryan Tillman.

In 1894, during his second term as Lieutenant Governor, Eugene Blackburn Gary was elected as an Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court and he was sworn in on July 27, 1894. He was re-elected in 1900 and 1908.

On January 10, 1912, Eugene Blackburn Gary was elected to fill the unexpired term of Chief Justice Ira Boyd Jones, who had resigned to run (unsuccessfully) for Governor. He was Chief Justice until his death.

On December 10, 1926, Eugene Blackburn Gary died and he was buried at the Upper Long Cane Cemetery in Abbeville, SC.

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