Edmund William McGregor MACKEY, Congress, SC (1846-1884)


MACKEY, Edmund William McGregor, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., March 8, 1846; pursued classical studies; appointed assistant assessor of internal revenue in South Carolina September 8, 1865; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1868 and practiced; sheriff of Charleston County, 1868-1872; elected an alderman of the city of Charleston in 1868, 1873, and 1875; editor and proprietor of the Charleston Republican 1871 and 1872; member of the State house of representatives in 1873; presented credentials as an Independent Republican Member-elect to the Forty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1875, to July 19, 1876, when the seat was declared vacant; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1877 and served as speaker; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872 and 1880; assistant United States attorney for South Carolina 1878-1881; unsuccessfully contested as a Republican the election of Michael P. O’Connor to the Forty-sixth Congress; successfully contested the election of Michael P. O’Connor to the Forty-seventh Congress, succeeding Samuel Dibble, who presented credentials as a Member-elect to fill the vacancy thought to exist upon the death of Mr. O’Connor, which occurred while the contest was pending; reelected to the Forty-eighth Congress and served from May 31, 1882, until his death in Washington, D.C., on January 27, 1884; interment in Glenwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present