"R" is for Ransier, Alonzo Jacob [1834-1882]

Oct 13, 2017

Credit SC Public Radio

"R" is for Ransier, Alonzo Jacob [1834-1882]. Lieutenant governor, congressman. Born in Charleston to free persons of color, Ransier acquired a common school education, and clerked in a Charleston shipping firm. After the Civil War he became active in politics and was elected to the General Assembly from Charleston County. In 1868 he became chairman of the Republican State Executive Committee and also served as a presidential elector for Ulysses S. Grant. In 1870 he was elected lieutenant governor and two years later represented the Second District in the United States Congress. His political career declined after 1877. He worked for a time as a night watchman and as a street laborer in Charleston. Jacob Alonzo Ransier, former lieutenant governor of South Carolina and United States Congressman died in obscurity in Charleston in 1882.