Joseph Emile Harley
|100th Governor of South Carolina|
November 4, 1941 – February 27, 1942
|Preceded by||Burnet R. Maybank|
|Succeeded by||Richard Manning Jefferies|
|74th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|
January 15, 1935 – November 4, 1941
|Governor||Olin D. Johnston|
Burnet R. Maybank
|Preceded by||James Sheppard|
|Succeeded by||Ransome Judson Williams|
|Mayor of Barnwell, South Carolina|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Barnwell County|
January 11, 1927 – January 13, 1931
January 10, 1905 – January 12, 1909
|Born||September 14, 1880|
Williston, South Carolina, United States
|Died||February 27, 1942(aged 61)|
|Resting place||Baptist Cemetery, Barnwell, South Carolina|
|Alma mater||University of South Carolina|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Unit||1st South Carolina Volunteers|
Joseph Emile Harley (September 14, 1880 – February 27, 1942) was the 100th Governor of South Carolina from 1941 to 1942 and a member of the "Barnwell Ring."
Harley was born September 14, 1880, in Williston, South Carolina. Harley received an LLB from the University of South Carolina in 1902. He married Sarah Agnes Richardson and had three children with her.
Harley served as a colonel in the South Carolina National Guard and as sergeant of Company L, 1st SC Volunteers in the Spanish–American War. He also worked as a lawyer, where he fought on behalf of three major railway companies including: the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Southern Railway, as well as the Seaboard Airline Railroad. As a member of the democratic party, Harley was a delegate at the 1908, 1924, 1928, and 1932 party conventions. Harley also served as the mayor of Barnwell, South Carolina for ten years from 1912-1922.
After being elected Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1934 and re-elected in 1938, Harley became Governor of South Carolina on November 4, 1941, upon the resignation of Governor Burnet Maybank, who was elected to serve in the US Senate.
On February 27, 1942, Governor Harley died in office after having served only four months. He died of terminal throat cancer. Harley could only communicate by writing in the last months of his life. He is buried in Baptist Cemetery, Barnwell, South Carolina.
| Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Ransome Judson Williams
Burnet R. Maybank
| Governor of South Carolina
Richard Manning Jefferies