The John C. Calhoun Office Building, which once held the office of the State Constabulary.

South Carolina State Constabulary



Telegram from Gov. Ransome Williams to James W. Thornton

Gov. Ransome Williams sends a telegram to Mr. James W. Thornton of Aurora, IL. The telegram illustrates the role of the state constabulary chief in working under the governor on law enforcement matters. In this case, the law enforcement task involved a request for the arrest of a wanted suspect believed to be out of state. Before police teletypes and modern information-sharing systems, the governor sometimes interceded with messages about wanted persons and extraditions on behalf of law enforcement authorities. Facilitating such exchanges is a task that was likely a responsibility of the state constabulary and one that continues under SLED.

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  • Title South Carolina State Constabulary
  • Coverage 1868–1974
  • Author
  • Keywords moonshine, state constabulary, SLED, highway patrol, law enforcement, state dispensary
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
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  • Access Date July 19, 2024
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update January 12, 2024
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