Isaac E. Holmes

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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 byWilliam Butler
Succeeded byWilliam Aiken, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byHugh S. Legaré
Succeeded byJames 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
DiedFebruary 24, 1867(1867-02-24) (aged 70)
Charleston, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materYale College
Professionlawyer, 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 South Carolina House of Representatives in 1826-1829 and 1832-1833.

Holmes was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and 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 from 1857 to 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 on February 24, 1867 and was interred in Circular Churchyard.


  • United States Congress. "Isaac E. Holmes (id: H000738)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. 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.