Our Infamous History
James H. Hammond (1842-1844), resident of Beech Island, then part of Edgefield District, was a planter of great culture and wealth, who became Governor at a time when politics was exceedingly warm.
The ticket on which he ran held John C. Calhoun for president, George McDuffie for United States Senate and Whitfield Brooks for Congress. As Governor, he led the state in improving and developing agricultural possibilities. He died at “Redcliffe” in 1864.