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John L. McLaurin

John Lowndes McLaurin
United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
June 1, 1897 – March 3, 1903
Preceded by Joseph H. Earle
Succeeded by Asbury Latimer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
December 5, 1892 – May 31, 1897
Preceded by Eli T. Stackhouse
Succeeded by James Norton
Attorney General of South Carolina
In office
December 10, 1891 – December 5, 1892
Governor Benjamin Tillman
John Gary Evans
Preceded by Young John Pope
Succeeded by Daniel Townsend
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Marlboro County
In office
January 14, 1913 – November 3, 1914
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Marion County
In office
November 25, 1890 – December 10, 1891
Personal details
Born (1860-05-09)May 9, 1860
Marlboro County, South Carolina
Died July 29, 1934(1934-07-29) (aged 74)
Bennettsville, South Carolina
Political party Democratic

John Lowndes McLaurin (May 9, 1860 – July 29, 1934) was a United States Representative and Senator from South Carolina; born in Red Bluff, South Carolina, he attended schools at Bennettsville, South Carolina and Englewood, New Jersey as well as Bethel Military Academy (near Warrenton, Virginia) and Swarthmore College (in Pennsylvania.) He graduated from the Carolina Military Institute, studied law in the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, was admitted to the bar in 1883 and practiced in Bennettsville. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1890-1891 and was attorney general of the State from 1891 to 1897.

McLaurin was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Eli T. Stackhouse; he was reelected to the Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Congresses and served from December 5, 1892, until May 31, 1897, when he resigned. He was appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joseph H. Earle and served from June 1, 1897, to March 4, 1903; he was not a candidate for reelection. He was censured along with Senator Benjamin Tillman for an altercation between the two on the Senate floor on February 22, 1902.[1]

McLaurin moved to New York City and resumed the practice of law; he returned to Bennettsville and engaged in agricultural pursuits, and was a member of the South Carolina Senate, 1914-1915. He was author of the State warehouse system for storing and financing cotton, and served as State warehouse commissioner from 1915 until his resignation in 1917. He died at his estate near Bennettsville in 1934; interment was in McCall Cemetery. His home, the Robertson-Easterling-McLaurin House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[2]


  1. ^ Butler, Anne M. and Wendy Wolff. United States Senate: Election, Expulsion, and Censure Cases: 1793-1990. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1995. p. 269-271
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eli T. Stackhouse
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Norton
United States Senate
Preceded by
Joseph H. Earle
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Benjamin R. Tillman
Succeeded by
Asbury C. Latimer
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