Miles Benjamin McSweeney Politician

Miles benjamin mcsweeney

Miles Benjamin McSweeney (April 18, 1855 – September 29, 1909) was the 87th Governor of South Carolina from June 2, 1899, to January 20, 1903. McSweeney was born in Charleston and was forced to become a paperboy at the age of 10 in order to help support his family when his father died. He went to Lexington, Virginia to attend Washington and Lee University upon being awarded the Typographical Union of Charleston Scholarship, but later had to withdraw due to lack of funds. He published the Ninety-Six Guardian at the age of 22 and he moved to Hampton two years later to start the Hampton County Guardian. In 1894, McSweeney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and additionally served as the chairman of the Hampton County Democratic Party. He successfully ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1896 and was elevated to the governorship following the death of Governor William Haselden Ellerbe on June 2, 1899. A proponent of the Dispensary and backed by Senator Ben Tillman, McSweeney won a term on his own in the gubernatorial election of 1900.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 18th, 1855
United States of America
Date of death
July 4th, 1921 at age of 66
Place of death
Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America


1. Washington and Lee University Colleges/University

Washington and Lee University (also known as W&L) is a private liberal arts university in Lexington, Virginia, United States.

Type Liberal arts college
2013. 1.35 bil. $
2010. 1.01 bil. $
Institution colors
204 West Washington Street, 24450 - Lexington city, Virginia
2012. 1,838
2010. 1,759
2009. 1,762
2012. 396
2010. 414
Acceptance rate
2013. 18.0 %
2010. 18.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 44.7 K $
2010. 39.5 K $
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Political engagements

Democratic Party

Party founded


Geographic scope

United States of America


Third Way
Social democracy
Social liberalism


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The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the younger Republican Party. Tracing its origins back to the Democratic-Republican Party, the modern Democratic Party was founded around 1828. There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the first being Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837; the most recent is the current president, Barack Obama, who has served since 2009. Since the 1930s, the party has promoted a social-liberal platform, supporting social justice and a mixed economy. Until the late 20th century the party had a powerful conservative and populist wing based in the rural South, which over time has greatly diminished. Today its Congressional caucus is composed mostly of progressives and centrists. As of the 113th Congress, following the 2012 elections, the Democratic Party holds a minority of seats in the House of Representatives and a majority of seats in the United States Senate, as well as a minority of state governorships and control of a minority of state legislatures.


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