Isaac E. Holmes

Isaac Edward Holmes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1843  March 3, 1851
Preceded by William Butler
Succeeded by William Aiken, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1839  March 4, 1843
Preceded by Hugh S. Legaré
Succeeded by James A. Black
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from St. Philip's and St. Michael's Parish
In office
November 26, 1832 – December 29, 1833
In office
November 27, 1826 – December 18, 1829
Personal details
Born (1796-04-06)April 6, 1796
Charleston, South Carolina
Died February 24, 1867(1867-02-24) (aged 70)
Charleston, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Yale College
Profession lawyer, politician

Isaac Edward Holmes (April 6, 1796 – February 24, 1867) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.


Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Holmes attended the common schools, received private tuition, and graduated from Yale College in 1815. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1818. He commenced practice in Charleston.

He served as member of the Charleston city council and then in the State house of representatives in 1826-1829 and 1832-1833.

Holmes was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1851). He served as chairman of the Committee on Commerce (Twenty-eighth Congress) and Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-ninth Congress). After his tenure in Congress, he practiced law in San Francisco, California from 1851 to 1854, when he returned to Charleston, South Carolina. He again resided in San Francisco 1857-1861.

He returned to South Carolina in 1861 and was appointed a commissioner of the State to confer with the Federal Government prior to the outbreak of the Civil War.

He died in Charleston, South Carolina, February 24, 1867 and was interred in Circular Churchyard.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hugh S. Legaré
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
James A. Black
Preceded by
William Butler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Aiken, Jr.
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