The State Seal of South Carolina. Image courtesy of SC State House Student Connection.
South Carolina had a system of government as a British colony that evolved into a state government after the American Revolution.
- List of Colonial Governors
Meet the governors of South Carolina under the Lords Proprietors and then as a British colony, from 1670 until 1775.
- Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
Explore the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a colonial building in Charleston built in 1771.
- Articles of Agreement between the Lords Proprietors, 1674
Read the contract between the Lords Proprietors, agreeing to pay for supplies to the settlement.
Signing of the Constitution
- 4 South Carolina Signers of the Constitution
Meet the four South Carolinians who signed the Constitution of the United States in 1787.
Notable South Carolinians
- Charles Pinckney
Charles Pinckney was born in Charleston and served as governor of South Carolina and a U.S. senator.
- Pierce Butler
Pierce Butler lived in Charleston as a planter and was a U.S. senator after being a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and signing the Constitution of the United States.
- Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was a lawyer and statesman in Charleston, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
- John Rutledge
John Rutledge was the first governor of South Carolina after the Declaration of Independence was signed and a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Early State Government
- Constitution of the State of South Carolina, 1776
The first state constitution was written in 1776, establishing its new government as a state rather than a colony.
- The State Seal
The state seal was first used in 1777 and shows a palmetto tree, the goddess Spes representing hope, and our two state mottos.
- The First State House
The first State House in South Carolina was in Charleston, on the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets.