Arthur Middleton (1681–1737)
|Governor of South Carolina (acting)|
May 7, 1725 – December, 1730
|Preceded by||Francis Nicholson|
|Succeeded by||Robert Johnson|
October 29, 1681|
September 17, 1737 (aged 55)|
Mary Williams MiddletonSarah Middleton
Arthur Middleton (October 29, 1681 – September 17, 1737) was a South Carolina planter and Acting Governor of South Carolina from May 7, 1725 to December, 1730.
In 1678, Middleton's father (Edward) and his uncle, Arthur, moved from Barbados to South Carolina, and settled on 1,780 acres of land 14 miles north of Charles Town. His father, Edward had purchased his uncle's share of the landgrant, plus another 3,130 acres, then settled with his wife, Sara, on the plantation; and named the plantation The Oaks.
Middleton’s father died in 1685, leaving to his wife, Sara, and their young son, Arthur, the plantation. In the following decade, English colonists learned how to cultivate rice in fresh water swamps, with slave labor, by 1699, The Oaks plantation had begun to make money. By 1720, the estate consisted of over 5,000 acres and Middleton owned over 100 slaves.
A well-established member of the Carolina gentry, Middleton was also a respected member. In 1710, he traveled to London to discuss the political problems in the Carolinas.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Governor of South Carolina (acting)
May 7, 1725 to December, 1730
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