Franklin H. Elmore

Franklin Harper Elmore (October 15, 1799 – May 29, 1850) was a United States Representative and Senator. Born in Laurens District, the son of John Archer Elmore, he graduated from the South Carolina College at Columbia in 1819, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Walterboro.

Franklin Harper Elmore
United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
April 11, 1850 – May 29, 1850
Appointed byWhitemarsh Benjamin Seabrook
Preceded byJohn C. Calhoun
Succeeded byRobert W. Barnwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district
In office
December 10, 1836 – March 3, 1839
Preceded byJames H. Hammond
Succeeded bySampson H. Butler
Personal details
Born(1799-10-15)October 15, 1799
Laurens District, South Carolina
DiedMay 29, 1850(1850-05-29) (aged 50)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeColumbia, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
Alma materSouth Carolina College
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer

He was solicitor for the southern circuit from 1822–36, a colonel on the staff of the Governor from 1824–26, and was elected as a State Rights Democrat to the Twenty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James H. Hammond. Elmore was reelected to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from December 10, 1836, to March 4, 1839. From 1839-50, he was president of the Bank of the State of South Carolina 1839-50; he declined appointment by President James Polk as Minister to Great Britain. Elmore was appointed as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John C. Calhoun and served from April 11, 1850, until his own death in Washington, D.C. in 1850. He was interred in the First Presbyterian Churchyard in Columbia.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Franklin H. Elmore (id: E000158)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Andrew P. Butler
Succeeded by