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Famous South Carolinians

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in South Carolina or spent some important time in South Carolina.

Kimberly Clarice Aiken, Miss America and founder of HERO

Marjorie Amos-Frazier, first female South Carolina public service commissioner

Washington Allston, painter

James Mark Baldwin, founder of American Psychological Association

Charlotta Spears Bass, civil rights leader, first African-American woman to run for U.S. vice president

Paul Benjamin, actor

Mary McLeod Bethune, educator

Charles Bolden, astronaut

James Butler Bonham, defender of the Alamo

Peter Boulware, football player

James Brown, soul singer, the Godfather of Soul

Pierce Butler, U.S. senator

James F. Byrnes, U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of state, South Carolina governor

John C. Calhoun, U.S. vice president, U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of war, U.S. secretary of state

W. H. Carney, first black awarded the Medal of Honor

Chubby Checker, singer

Mark Clark, general

Beth Daniel, golfer

James Davis, singer with the Dixie Hummingbirds

James Dickey, poet

Larry Doby, baseball player

William Henry Drayton, patriot

Alex English, basketball player

William Price Fox, novelist

Jeff Foxworthy, comedian

Joe Frazier, boxer

Robert F. Fuchgott, pharmacologist and Nobel prize winner

Leeza Gibbons, TV host

Althea Gibson, tennis player

William Gibson, science fiction novelist

Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpet player

Joseph Leonard Goldstein, medical research and Nobel prize winner

Lindsay Graham, U.S. senator

Wade Hampton, Confederate general

Andrew Jackson, U.S. president

Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader

Shoeless Joe Jackson, baseball player

Jasper Johns, painter

Sue Monk Kidd, novelist

Eartha Kitt, singer and actress

Henry Laurens, president of Continental Congress

James Longstreet, Confederate general

Francis Marion, aka “Swamp Fox,” patriot

Edwin McCain, recording artist

Andie McDowell, actress

Ronald McNair, astronaut

Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence

Henry Middleton, president of the first Continental Congress

Henry Middleton, South Carolina governor and minister to Russia

Williams Middleton, signer of the Ordinance of Secession

Robert Mills, architect, designer of the Washington Monument

William Moultrie, builder of Fort Moultrie

James M. Perry, first woman lawyer in South Carolina

William “Refrigerator” Perry, football player

Julia Peterkin, novelist

Charles Pinckney, a framer of the U.S. Constitution

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, ambassador to France

Bill Pickney, singer, The Drifters

Joseph Rainey, U.S. congressman, first African-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and take his seat.

Bobby Richardson, baseball player

Velma Richardson, general

Darius Rucker, rock singer, Hootie and the Blowfish

Edward Rutledge, member of Continental Congress

Robert Smalls, U.S. congressman

Dalton Stevens, world record-breaking button collector

Thomas Sumter, patriot

Strom Thurmond, U.S. senator

Benjamin Tillman, founder of Clemson University

Aaron Tippin, country singer

Charles Hard Townes, physicist and Nobel prize winner

William Travis, commander of the Alamo

Abraham Turner, general

Vanna White, Wheel of Fortune letter turner

Armstrong Williams, journalist

Woodrow Wilson, U.S. president

J. J. Wright, first black associate justice of a state supreme court

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