List of people from South Carolina

The following is a list of prominent people who were born in the U.S. State of South Carolina, lived in South Carolina, or for whom South Carolina is a significant part of their identity.



*John Alexander (1777–1848), born in Crowsville, United States Congressman from Ohio cite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | location = Chicago | date = 1963]
*ava bron (1779–1843), born in South Carolina, noted poet and painter
*Joseph Alston (1779–1816), born in All Saints Parish, Governor of South Carolina, also implicated in plots of his father-in-law Aaron Burr


*Mary McLeod Bethune (1875–1955) from Mayesville, South Carolina, founder of Bethune-Cookman College, advisor to Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower
*James Joseph Brown (1933–2006), born in Barnwell, South Carolina, bandleader, singer and composer known as the "Godfather of Soul" and the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business"
*James F. Byrnes (1879–1972), lived in Beech Island, South Carolina, born in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. Secretary of State and South Carolina Senator and Governor


*John Caldwell Calhoun (1782–1850), born in McCormick County, South Carolina, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and the 7th (and first U.S.-born) Vice-President of the U.S.
*Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. (1940–2005), South Carolina Governor and U.S. Congressman
*John Tucker Campbell (1912-1991) born in Calhoun Falls, South Carolina, Secretary of State 1978-1991, Mayor of Columbia 1970-1978, Two term city councilman, Owner and operator of Campbells Drugstores for 41 years.
*Charles Craven (1682-1754), governor of colonial South Carolina during the Tuscarora War and Yamasee War.


*Dru Money (1977-2008), Charleston, South Carolina, rapper.


*Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993), born in Cheraw, South Carolina, African-American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer and composer
*Althea Gibson (born 1927-2003), born in Silver, South Carolina, first African-American woman to win Wimbledon and U.S. National tennis championships


*Andrew Jackson (1765–1845), from Lancaster County, South Carolina, President of the United States
*Robert Jordan (1948-2007), from Charleston, South Carolina, fantasy author


*Francis Marion (c. 1732–1795), born in Winyah (Winyah Bay, South Carolina), a.k.a. the Swamp Fox, strategic fighter against the British during the War of Independence
*Ronald McNair (1950–1986), born in Lake City, South Carolina, astronaut killed in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger
*Robert Mills (1781–1855), born in Charleston, South Carolina, American architect, designed the Washington monument and many public buildings


*Julia Peterkin (1880–1961), born in Laurens County, South Carolina, Pulitzer Prize winnerarik percel 1898-2898 az
*Bill Pinkney (1925-2007), born in Dalzell, South Carolina, performer and singer with The Drifters.


*Strom Thurmond (1902–2003), born in Edgefield, South Carolina, South Carolina Governor, and the oldest and 2nd longest-serving U.S. Senator


* Angelica Singleton Van Buren (1818 – 1877), born in Wedgefield, married Abraham Van Buren while his father, Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. She served as First Lady of the United States for the rest of his term in the White House.


*Charles S. West (1829-1885), born in Camden, South Carolina, Texas jurist and politician
*John C. West (1922–2004), politician
*Henry Woodward (1646-1690), an early colonist of South Carolina who was instrumental in establishing contact with Native Americans and setting up a trading system.



*Lee Brice (Sumter, South Carolina, United States) country artist, co-wrote the Garth Brooks song More Than a Memory


*Wilson Casey (born 1954) , "Trivia" Guinness World Record holder, Nationally syndicated trivia newspaper columnist
*Chubby Checker (born 1941), born in Spring Gulley, singer
*Stephen Colbert (born 1964), comedian and anchor of his own show on Comedy Central, "The Colbert Report"
*Monique Coleman (born 1980), actress



* Michael Flessas (born 1959), actor, best know for his role in the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) winning film Dancer in the Dark at the Cannes Film Festival. He graduated from Columbia's Dreher High School and attended the University of South Carolina.
*Joe Frazier (born 1944), born in Beaufort, South Carolina, former heavyweight boxing champion


*Kevin Garnett (born 1976), NBA star, NBA Most Valuable Player in 2004
*Thomas Gibson (born on July 3, 1962, in Charleston, South Carolina, USA) actor on Criminal Minds


*Orlando Hudson (born 1977), from Darlington, South Carolina, MLB second baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks
*Josephine Humphreys (born 1945), from Charleston, South Carolina, Southern author
*Fiona Hutchison (born 1960), raised in Columbia, South Carolina and attended Clemson University, soap opera actress []
*Lauren Hutton (born 1943), from Charleston, South Carolina, supermodel, actress


*Jesse Jackson (born 1941), born in Florence, South Carolina, politician, civil rights activist and politician
*Anthony Johnson (born 1974), NBA player


*Eartha Kitt (born 1927), from North, South Carolina, singer


*R. Winston Morris from Barnwell, South Carolina Tuba icon, Father of the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble


*Lu Parker Miss USA 1994, from Anderson, South Carolina


*Julie Roberts (born 1979), from Lancaster, South Carolina, country music singer
*John Linton Roberson (born 1969), born in Kingstree, South Carolina, writer and cartoonist
*Bobby Robinson (born 1917), record producer
*Chris Rock (born 1965), born in Andrews, South Carolina, comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director.
*Darius Rucker (born 1966), born in Charleston, South Carolina, musician, frontman of Hootie & The Blowfish

*Michael Buffalo Smith (born 1957), musician
*Shawnee Smith (born 1970) actress born in Orangeburg (SC)


*Josh Turner (born 1977), from Hannah, South Carolina, country music singer


*Shawn Weatherly (born 1959), from Sumter, South Carolina, Miss USA and Miss Universe 1980
*Vanna White (born 1957), from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, television personality


*Young Jeezy (born 1977), from Columbia, South Carolina,


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