Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr.

64th Governor of the State of South Carolina 1922 to 1923

Date Born: September 8, 1866

Date Died: October 7, 1932

Place Born: Charleston, SC

Place Buried:
Magnolia Cemetery,
Charleston, SC

Residence: Charleston, SC

Occupation: Banker, Manager of Charleston World & Budget, Major in SC Volunteer Troops


Charleston High School: Withdrew at 16 to work as a clerk for the Charleston News and Courier

Mayor of Charleston: 1902

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina: 1921-1922

On May 20, 1922, Lt. Gov. Harvey succeeded to office following the resignation of Gov. Robert Archer Cooper

1922-1923 – Governor Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr. served for less than eight months

Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr. was born in Charleston, SC on September 8, 1866, the son of Wilson Godfrey Harvey and Cornelia Julia (Elbridge) Harvey.

Born in Charleston, Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr. attended Charleston High School before dropping out at the age of 16 to work as a clerk in the office of The News and Courier. Five years later he became the manager of another Charleston newspaper, The World and Budget. Showing a penchant for business, Harvey was also involved with the management of Bradstreet Company and the organization of The Enterprise Bank of Charleston. From 1903 to 1911, Harvey served on the Charleston Board of Aldermen and became the Mayor Pro Tempore of Charleston in 1910.

On April 12, 1894, Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr. married Mary Franklin Butler, daughter of John Campbell Butler and Anne McDonald (Franklin) Butler, and they had one known son. Wilson Godfrey Harvey married a second time on June 24, 1914, to Margaret Bell Waring, and they had no children.

Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr. was elected in 1920 to be the Lieutenant Governor of SC and was elevated to the governorship in 1922 upon the resignation of Gov. Robert Archer Cooper. He continued the progressive reforms initiated by former governors Cooper and Richard Irvine Manning, III by instigating higher standards in education and by favoring the use of concrete for road construction.

After finishing the term as governor in 1923, Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr. returned to the private sector where he managed a number of insurance companies. He died in Tampa, Florida, on October 7, 1932. He was interred in the Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.

Wilson Godfrey Harvey, Jr. was born in Charleston, SC. He left school at the age of sixteen, becoming a clerk in the office of the Charleston News and Courier and manager of the World and Budget -- a Charleston newspaper -- five years later. In his late twenties he became state manager for Bradstreet Company (later Dun and Bradstreet), and helped to organize the Enterprise Bank of Charleston, becoming its President in 1904. He also was a member of the Charleston Board of Aldermen from 1903 to 1911, Mayor Pro Tempore of Charleston in 1910, Chairman of the Sanitary and Drainage Commission of Charleston County from 1916 to 1920, and Lieutenant Governor of SoC in 1921 and 1922. As Lieutenant Governor, he succeeded to the governorship upon the resignation of Gov. Robert Archer Cooper, who had been appointed to the Federal Farm Loan board in Washington, DC. In his short time as governor, Harvey encouraged the construction of concrete highways and introduced higher standards of education into the school system. After leaving office, he retired from politics and became the state manager for a number of insurance companies, first in South Carolina and later in Florida, where he died.

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