Richard Irvine Manning III

Richard Irvine Manning III
92nd Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 19, 1915  January 21, 1919
Lieutenant Andrew Bethea
Preceded by Charles Aurelius Smith
Succeeded by Robert Archer Cooper
President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate
In office
January 10, 1905 January 8, 1907
Governor Duncan Clinch Heyward
Preceded by John Calhoun Sheppard
Succeeded by Coleman Livingston Blease
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Sumter County
In office
January 10, 1899 January 8, 1907
Preceded by Altamount Moses
Succeeded by John Hicklin Clifton, Jr.
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Sumter County
In office
November 22, 1892 January 12, 1897
Personal details
Born Richard Irvine Manning III
(1859-08-15)August 15, 1859
Sumter County, South Carolina
Died September 11, 1931(1931-09-11) (aged 72)
Columbia, South Carolina
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Lelia Bernard Meredith
Children 8
Parents Richard Irvine Manning II
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession Banker, politician
Religion Episcopalian

Richard Irvine Manning III (August 15, 1859 – September 11, 1931) was a politician from the U.S. state of South Carolina. He served as a state legislator and as the 92nd Governor of South Carolina.[1]


Richard Irvine Manning III was born in Sumter County, South Carolina on August 15, 1859 to Richard Irvine Manning II. His grandfather, Richard Irvine Manning I, had served as governor of the state from 1824 to 1826.[1]

He attended the University of Virginia from 1877 to 1879.[1]

Manning's political career started during the era of Ben Tillman, and Manning served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1892 to 1896 before moving up to the South Carolina Senate from 1898 to 1906. When he was elected to the governorship in 1914, Manning brought many Progressive Era reforms to a state that had spent four years under the demagogic leadership of Coleman Livingston Blease. During his first term in office, South Carolina prohibited alcohol, established the state's first compulsory education law, and raised the minimum age for employment to 14. South Carolinians expressed their approval of these measures by re-electing Manning to a second term in 1916.

He died on September 11, 1931 at his home in Columbia, South Carolina. He had been ill for three months.[1]

He is interred in the churchyard at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

Further reading

Robert Milton Burts (1974). Richard Irvine Manning and the Progressive Movement in South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0-87249-292-3


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Richard I. Manning, Ex-Governor, Dead. South Carolina Leader Came of Family Long Prominent in Affairs of the South. Director of New York Life Insurance Company and Other Corporations. Six Sons in War. Born on Southern Plantation. His Business Career Notable". New York Times. September 12, 1931. Retrieved 2015-01-13. Richard Irvine Manning, 72 years old, Governor of South Carolina from 1917 to 1919, died at his home here this afternoon after an illness of more than three months. ...
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Aurelius Smith
Governor of South Carolina
1915 – 1919
Succeeded by
Robert Archer Cooper

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