BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PERRY (November 20, 1805 – December 3, 1886) was the 72nd Governor of South Carolina, appointed by President Andrew Johnson in 1865 after the Civil War. Perry was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1827, but pursued Journalism and became editor of the Greenville Mountaineer in 1832. In 1836, Perry was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, serving for six years. He was elected to the state Senate in 1844. Perry founded The Southern Patriot in 1851. He was opposed to secession, but he embraced the state when it seceded and rallied residents around the Confederate cause. In 1864, he was appointed Confederate States District Judge. Johnson directed Perry to enroll voters and to lead the state in writing a new Constitution after the Civil War. Delegates put forth a property qualification, which resulted in denying suffrage to blacks.
Offering an 8 x 13 ½ South Carolina document signed twice by Perry as attorney seeking testimony in a lawsuit, dated March 5, 1839.
Folds, toning. Wafer seal intact. Nice docketing on verso.
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