Sheriffs of Beaufort County


The first sheriffs were appointed by the legislature to two year terms. As part of the state constitutional amendments of 1810 the Office was established as an elected office. They did not begin serving four year terms until the late 1800’s. There was no sheriff between 1862 and 1866 due to the war. Part of Beaufort District was under Federal military jurisdiction and the remainder was under Confederate military jurisdiction. Any information on these men would be greatly appreciated.

Lincoln County was a break-away district of western Beaufort District. This was requested by the residents due to the extreme difficulties in traveling to the county seat in Beaufort to conduct business. When the county seat was moved to the mainland at Coosawhatchie in 1789, there was no longer a need for Lincoln County and it was dissolved.

The sheriffs are numbered by term until they began serving repeat four year terms in the late 1800’s. A total of forty-three men have held the office (including the two Lincoln County sheriffs). Seven are known to have died while holding the office, all from natural causes. 
Term
Sheriff
1999 - Present
1995 - 1998
1991 - 1994
1977 - 1990 Morgan McCutchen Appointed by Governor to replace Wallace.
1962 - 1977 L.W. Wallace Removed by Governor.
1942 - 1945 Hubert W. Randall Serving as deputy and was appointed as Sheriff
during WWII while McTeer was in charge of Coast
Guard Beach patrol in Beaufort District.
1924 - 1962 James E. McTeer
1924 James Edward McTeer Elected on 11-04-1924. Died before taking office. 
1920 - 1924 James H. Bailey
1920 Daniel Mann
1912 - 1920 Matthew O'Driscoll White Died in Office.
1904 - 1912 James Edward McTeer
1902 - 1904 H.H. Porter
1898 - 1902 Robert E. Jenkins Died in Office.
1896 - 1898 William O. Prentiss Died in Office.
1889 - 1896 George H. Reed
1885 - 1888 Henry D. Elliott
1885 John P. Boyce Died one month after taking office.
1883 - 1884 Henry D. Elliott
1873 - 1882 William Wilson Died in Office.
1872 - 1872 George Holmes
1871 - 1871 P.M. Whitman Resigned.
1869 - 1870 Alfred Williams
1866 - 1868 W.J. Gooding
1861 - 1862 Thaddeus G. Buckner
1861 Charles E. Davant Died in Office on 04-18-1861.
1859 - 1860 Charles E. Davant
1857 - 1858 Burrell Wiggins
1855 - 1856 Burrell Wiggins
1853 - 1854 William Youmans
1851 - 1852 William Youmans
1849 - 1850 Edward Mulligan
1847 - 1848 Edward Mulligan
1845 - 1846 Edward Mulligan
1843 - 1844 Henry Goette
1841 - 1842 Henry Goette
1839 - 1840 Henry Goette
1837 - 1838 William B. Buckner
1835 - 1836 William B. Buckner
1833 - 1844 Hugh Archer
1831 - 1832 Hugh Archer
1829 - 1830 Robert G. Norton
1827 - 1828 Jedidiah S. Beck
1825 - 1826 Francis B. Baker
1823 - 1824 Francis B. Baker
1821 - 1822 Francis B. Baker
1819 - 1820 John Cheney
1817 - 1818 John Cheney
1815 - 1816 John Cheney
1813 - 1814 Berkley Ferguson
1811 - 1812 Berkley Ferguson
1809 - 1810 William H. Hutson
1807 - 1808 William H. Hutson
1805 - 1806 Thomas Deveaux
1803 - 1804 Thomas Deveaux
1802 - 1803 John Millan
1801 - 1802 John Simmons
1799 - 1800 John Simmons
1797 - 1799 Charles Atkins
1795 - 1796 Joseph Brailsford
1793 - 1794 James Postell
1791 - 1792 James Postell
1789 - 1790 John Leacraft
1788 - 1789 William Maner Lincoln County
1787 - 1788 John Grayson
1786 - 1787 Robert Stafford Lincoln County
1785 - 1786 John Grayson
1783 - 1784 John Leacraft
1781 - 1782 William Rose
1779 - 1780 James Joyner
1776 - 1778 John Rhodes
1776 Tunis Tourent
1774 - 1775 Michael Smith
1773 - 1774  Benjamin Garden
1769 - 1772 Roger Pinckney