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William Hiram Brawley
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

In office
January 18, 1894 – June 14, 1911
Appointed by Grover Cleveland
Preceded by Charles H. Simonton
Succeeded by Henry Augustus Middleton Smith
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1891 – February 12, 1894
Preceded by Samuel Dibble
Succeeded by James F. Izlar
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Charleston County

In office
November 28, 1882 – December 24, 1889
Personal details
Born (1841-05-13)May 13, 1841
Chester, South Carolina
Died November 15, 1916(1916-11-15) (aged 75)
Charleston, South Carolina
Resting place Charleston, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater South Carolina College
Profession judge, prosecutor, lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861–1862
Rank Private

William Hiram Brawley (incorrectly reported in some works as William Huggins Brawley; May 13, 1841 – November 15, 1916) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina and later a United States federal judge. He was the cousin of John James Hemphill and great-uncle of Robert Witherspoon Hemphill.


Born in Chester, South Carolina, Brawley attended the common schools, and graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1860. He enlisted as a private in Company F, Sixth Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Confederate States Army, on April 11, 1861. He lost an arm in the Battle of Seven Pines and was retired from service in 1862. He managed his family plantation from 1862 to 1864, then traveled and studied in Europe in 1864 and 1865. He read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1866, commencing a private practice in Chester until 1868. Brawley was elected solicitor of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina in 1868 and served until his resignation in 1874. He moved to Charleston and continued in private practice until 1893.

Political service

Brawley was a Representative from Charleston, South Carolina House of Representatives from 1882 to 1890. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses, and served from March 4, 1891, until February 12, 1894, when he resigned to accept a position on the bench.

Federal judicial service

Throughout his time as a federal judge, Brawley lived at 9 Legare Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

On December 20, 1893, Brawley was nominated by President Grover Cleveland to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina vacated by Charles H. Simonton. Brawley was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 18, 1894, and received his commission the same day. He retired on June 14, 1911.

He thereafter lived in retirement until his death in Charleston, South Carolina, November 15, 1916. He is interred in Magnolia Cemetery.


  • William H. Brawley at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • William Hiram Brawley at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

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Preceded by
Charles Henry Simonton
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Henry Augustus Middleton Smith
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Dibble
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
James F. Izlar

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