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GEDDES, John, governor of South Carolina, born in Charleston, South Carolina, about 1773; died there, 5 March, 1828. He was the son of a merchant, and was educated at the College of Charleston. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1797. He was elected to the House of Representatives of South Carolina, and in 1810 and 1812 was chosen speaker. In 1818 he was elected governor, which office he held until 1820. During his administration he entertained President Monroe at his house on Broad Street, in Charleston. He was major of cavalry in 1808, and after his service as governor was made brigadier-general of militia.
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