Havilah Babcock was chair of the English Department at the University of South Carolina for many years and a passionate outdoorsman and famous outdoor writer.
Maria Martin Bachman was a 19th-century natural history painter who worked with John Audubon.
M.S. Bailey was a successful businessman in Clinton, SC, who owned two cotton mills and was active in banking and other local businesses.
Born in Richburg, SC, Elzie Wylie Baker Sr., better known as Buck Baker, was a stock car racer. He was the first driver to win consecutive NASCAR premier series championships.
Augusta Baker was a librarian and storyteller known for her contributions to children's literature, especially regarding the portrayal of Black Americans in works for children.
Charleston native, Anna DeCosta Banks, was the first head nurse at the Hospital and Training School for Nurses in Charleston, South Carolina.
Born in Camden, SC, Bernard Baruch was an economic advisor to presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Born in Sumter, SC, Charlotta Bass was a newspaper publisher in Los Angeles, California, and the first African-American woman on a Presidential campaign ticket in a United States presidential election.
Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates was an African-American entertainer from Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He was a well-known dancer who performed many times on The Ed Sullivan show.
David Beasley is the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, and he served one term as the 113th Governor of SC from 1995 until 1999.
Born in Pelion, SC, Paul Benjamin was a film, television, and theater actor whose career spanned over five decades. Best known as "M.L.," Benjamin starred in "Do the Right Thing," "Across 110th Street," and "Escape from Alcatraz."
Steve Benjamin was the first African-American and 44th mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, from 2010 to 2022.
Born in Lugoff, SC, Benjamin Franklin Peay, better known as Brook Benton, was a popular soul singer of the 1960s, with his signature song, "Rainy Night in Georgia."
Ben Bernanke grew up in Dillon, SC. Bernanke was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve System from 2006-2014.
Born in Columbia, SC, Joseph Louis Bernardin was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as archbishop of Chicago from 1982 until 1996.
Dillon native Bishop Joseph Benjamin Bethea was the first African-American bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC.
Beau Billingslea is a voice actor best known for voicing Jet Black from the popular anime Cowboy Bebop.
Doc Blanchard was best known as the college football player who became the first junior to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and was the first football player to win the James E. Sullivan Award, all in 1945.
Solomon Blatt was a long-time Democratic legislator of South Carolina from Barnwell County.
Coleman Livingston Blease was the Governor of South Carolina from 1911 to 1915 and US Senator from 1925 to 1931.
Born in Columbia, SC, Charles F. Bolden, Jr. was the head of the NASA federal agency from July 2009 to January 2017.
Born near Red Bank, James Butler Bonham was a soldier who died at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.
Born in Anderson, SC, Chadwick Aaron Boseman was an actor and playwright. He was known for his leading roles in Black Panther, 42, Get on Up, and Marshall.
Harold R. Boulware, Sr., was a lawyer and civil rights pioneer who played a crucial role in Briggs v. Elliot.
Cathy Smith Bowers is a poet and professor at the Queens University of Charlotte.
Laura Bragg was the first woman director of a major American museum when she became the head of the Charleston Museum in 1920.
Benjamin Griffith Brawley was an author and educator from Columbia, SC. Many of his books were considered standard college texts.
Eliza and Harry Briggs were the petitioners in the important school desegregation case, Briggs v. Elliott.
Born in Roseland, SC (Edgefield County), Preston Brooks was a Democratic congressman from South Carolina who brutally beat Charles Sumner, a Senator from Massachusetts, in the US Senate chamber.
Born in Aiken County, Edgar Allan Brown was a longtime Democratic legislator of South Carolina from Barnwell County who served South Carolina from 1922-1972.
Born in Barnwell, SC, James Joseph Brown was a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and bandleader.
Columbia native J. Anthony Brown is a comedian and he is best known for his commentary on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Steve Harvey Morning Show.
Morris Brown was one of the founders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
Matthew J. Bruccoli was a professor at the University of South Carolina and the preeminent expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Greenville native Peabo Bryson is an R&B and Soul Singer-Songwriter. He is known for singing "A Whole New World" from Disney's 1992 animated feature film Aladdin.
Professor of medicinal chemistry; scientist, teacher and administrator.
Dr. Orville Vernon Burton is a historian, educator, and author from Ninety-Six, SC.
Pierce Butler was a Founding Father of the United States who represented South Carolina at the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and as a U.S. Senator.
Betsy Byars was an author of children’s books who lives in Seneca, South Carolina. She won a Newbery Medal for her novel, Summer of the Swans.
Born in Charleston, SC, James F. Byrnes was a U.S. Secretary of State, Associate Justice U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Senator, and Governor of South Carolina from 1951-1955.