Henry McMaster

American politician, South Carolina

Henry Dargan McMaster (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician. He is the 117th and current Governor of South Carolina since January 24, 2017. He became governor when Nikki Haley resigned to become the Ambassador to the United Nations.

Henry McMaster
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117th Governor of South Carolina
Assumed office
January 24, 2017
LieutenantKevin L. Bryant
Pamela Evette
Preceded byNikki Haley
91st Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 14, 2015 – January 24, 2017
GovernorNikki Haley
Preceded byYancey McGill
Succeeded byKevin L. Bryant
Attorney General of South Carolina
In office
January 15, 2003 – January 12, 2011
GovernorMark Sanford
Preceded byCharlie Condon
Succeeded byAlan Wilson
Chair of the South Carolina Republican Party
In office
May 1994 – May 2001
Preceded byBarry Wynn
Succeeded byKaton Dawson
Personal details
Born
Henry Dargan McMaster

(1947-05-27) May 27, 1947 (age 74)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion
EducationUniversity of South Carolina, Columbia (BA, JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1969–1975
UnitUnited States Army Reserve
Battles/warsVietnam War

McMaster was born into a wealthy South Carolina family who owned many slaves before the American Civil War.[1] His father John was also a politician.[2]

He last served as the 91st Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 2015 to 2017, as well as Attorney General of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011. From 1981 to 1985, McMaster served as United States Attorney, where he was known for Operation Jackpot. McMaster served on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and chaired the South Carolina Republican Party from 1993 to 2002.

ReferencesEdit

  1. McMaster, Fitz Hugh (1926). The History of MacMaster—McMaster Family. Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. Columbia, South Carolina: The State Company. pp. 121, 126. At the breaking out of the Confederate War John McMaster owned about twenty-five slaves, several small farms, and several houses and lots in the town of Winnsboro. He was worth at this time about $40,000. […] James Riley McMaster, M. D. Born Winnsboro, Feb. 21, 1822; died Aug. 20, 1894; married Harriet Mobley, 1854; practiced medicine and was large planter and slave owner before Confederate WarCS1 maint: date and year (link)
  2. "John McMaster Obituary". Charleston Post & Courier. Legacy. 2015. Retrieved 2020-11-11.

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