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Thomas Green Clemson

Thomas Green Clemson was a statesman, ambassador, US Superintendent of Agriculture, and founder of Clemson University.

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Katrina McClain

Charleston, SC native Katrina McClain is a retired basketball player. She played for the University of Georgia and many other USA Basketball teams, including three Olympic teams.

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Nathalie Dupree

Nathalie Dupree is an author, chef, and cooking show host whose work has focused on Southern cuisine.

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Robert Young Hayne

Robert Young Hayne was the 54th Governor of South Carolina.

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Marion County

Marion County and its county seat, the town of Marion, were named for Revolutionary War general Francis Marion (1732-1795), known as the "Swamp Fox."

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Darlington County

The origin of the name of Darlington County is uncertain, but it may have been named for Darlington, England.

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Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773).

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Orangeburg County

Orangeburg County and its county seat, Orangeburg, were named for William IV (1711-1751), Prince of Orange, the son-in-law of King George II.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Seal

South Carolina State Seal

South Carolina's State Seal was designed by William Henry Drayton and Arthur Middleton in 1776. John Rutledge, the President of the Provincial Congress of South Carolina, used the Seal for the first time on May 22, 1777. The current seal is made up of two elliptical areas linked by branches of the palmetto tree. The left oval is the palmetto tree with a fallen oak at the base. The right oval is the goddess Spes (Hope) walking on the beach at dawn over discarded weapons.

South Carolina Glossary

A dark gray road cuts between two grassy area. To left are rocks and a large body of water.


(noun) - a wall of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding