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Pierce Mason Butler

Pierce Mason Butler (1836-1838) immediately followed McDuffie. He was born April 11,1798, in Edgefield District. During his term as Governor, charter was granted to the Great Western Rail Road, designed to connect Charleston with Ohio, Kentucky, and the Mississippi Valley.

South Carolina made a large contribution as she had for the Charleston, Columbia, Augusta Road, then the longest continuous rail road in the world. Butler signed the Ordinance of Nullification in 1832. He was also Governor of Florida, elected in 1841. Butler died in the Mexican War, leading the Palmetto Regiment.

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