"B" is for Bull, William, II (1710-1791)

Jun 13, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"B" is for Bull, William, II (1710-1791). Lieutenant governor. Educated in England and the Netherlands, Bull was a member of the Commons House (1736-1749) and, on occasion, its speaker. In 1749 he was appointed to the Council and ten years later became lieutenant governor until his political career ended in 1775. During that period Bull was acting governor on five occasions—serving for a total of eight years. After refusing to sign the oath of allegiance to the revolutionary government, he was banished from the state and went into exile in England. When the British captured Charleston in 1780, he returned home as intendant general of the Board of Police—the body that governed occupied Charleston.  When the British evacuated Charleston in 1782, William Bull, II sailed for England into a second, permanent exile.