1901 South Carolina's 7th congressional district special election

The 1901 South Carolina 7th congressional district special election was held on November 5, 1901 to select a Representative for the 7th congressional district to serve out the remainder of the term for the 57th Congress. The special election resulted from the death of Representative J. William Stokes on July 6, 1901. Asbury Francis Lever, a former secretary to Stokes, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primaryEdit

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary in the summer of 1901. Five candidates entered the race and among those who sought the seat was future longtime U.S. Senator, Ellison D. Smith. Asbury Francis Lever emerged atop the first primary election and won the runoff election against Thomas F. Brantley, a candidate in the 1898 election. There was no opposition to the Democratic candidate in the general election so Lever was elected to serve out the remainder of the term.

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Asbury Francis Lever 2,540 31.0
Thomas F. Brantley 2,325 28.4
Madison P. Howell 2,044 24.9
Ellison D. Smith 820 10.0
O.W. Buchanan 468 5.7
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Asbury Francis Lever 3,395 55.8 +24.8
Thomas F. Brantley 2,691 44.2 +15.8

General election resultsEdit

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Special Election Results, 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Asbury Francis Lever 3,101 100.0 +6.2
Majority 3,101 100.0 +12.2
Turnout 3,101
Democratic hold

See alsoEdit


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. p. 122.
  • "Report of M.R. Cooper, Secretary of State, to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume II. Columbia, SC: The State Company, 1902, pp. 1995–1996.