Joseph Hayne Rainey was the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Willie Randolph is a former professional baseball second basement coach and manager.
Beatrice Witte Ravenel was a poet associated with the Charleston Renaissance in South Carolina.
Esquerita was an R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. He is known for influencing rock and roll pioneer Little Richard.
Ennis Rees was a poet, children's author, and professor. He was named by Governor Riley as the third South Carolina Poet Laureate from 1984 to 1985.
Jean Ribault was a French navigator who led an expedition to the New World in 1562 that founded the outpost of Charlesfort on Paris Island.
John Gardiner Richards, Jr. was the governor of South Carolina from 1926-1931.
Between 1923 and 1953 the couple published ten books—including novels and memoirs—and dozens of short stories and nonfiction pieces.
Leon Rippy is an actor best known for his roles as Earl the Angel on the series Saving Grace, saloon owner Tom Nuttall on the series Deadwood, and John Billings in The Patriot.
Henry Martyn Robert is the author of Robert’s Rules of Order, the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure.
Richard Samuel Roberts was one of South Carolina's most famous photographers in the 1920s and 1930s. Many of his photographs captured the life of African-Americans living in the South.
Eugene Harold Robinson is a newspaper columnist and an associate editor of The Washington Post.
Chris Rock is a well-known comedian, actor, screenwriter, television and film producer, and director.
George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy in 1980 while playing for the University of South Carolina.
Born to an aristocratic free Black family in Charleston, the Sisters were noted for their influence and political savvy in Reconstruction politics.
Al Rosen was a Major League Baseball player in the 1940s and 1950s, and was the president of several teams in his career.
Louis D. Rubin’s distinguished career as a teacher, scholar, editor, and novelist has brought him numerous awards and honors, including honorary degrees from the University of Richmond, the College of Charleston, and Clemson University.
Darius Rucker is a musician and lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.
Dr. Edwin Roberts Russell was a chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago's Metallurgical Laboratory.
Army Major, Lawyer, University of South Carolina President, SC Governor, US Senator, Assistant US Secretary of State, US District Judge, US Circuit Judge
Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence and later governor of South Carolina from 1798-1800.
Archibald Rutledge was a famous naturalist writer who was also the first poet laureate of South Carolina.
John Rutledge was a signer of the US constitution and the first governor of South Carolina following the signing of the Declaration of Independence.