SC People

William Hilton

(1617-1675) Hilton Head Island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663, identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named “Hilton’s Head” after himself.

Fritz Hollings

Fritz Hollings

(1922-2019 ) Senator Fritz Hollings was a South Carolina governor from 1959-1963 and U.S. Senator from 1966-2005.

Josephine Humphreys

(1945- ) Josephine Humphreys is a novelist from Charleston, South Carolina. Several of her novels are set in Charleston.

Anna Hyatt Huntington

Anna Hyatt Huntington

(1876-1973) Anna Hyatt Huntington was a well-known sculptor who, along with her husband, established Brookgreen Gardens in Georgetown County as a public garden and figurative sculpture gallery.

Alfred Hutty

Alfred Hutty

(1878-1958) Painter during the Charleston Renaissance who worked in etching, oil, and watercolor.

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

(1941- ) Born in Greenville, SC, Reverend Jesse Jackson is a politician and civil rights activist.

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson

 (1887–1951) Considered one of the most outstanding hitters in the history of baseball, Joe Jackson's career .356 batting average is the third highest in history, after Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby.

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

(1765-1845) Born in Lancaster County, South Carolina, Andrew Jackson was the President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.

William Jasper

William Jasper

(circa 1750 – October 9, 1779) William Jasper was a noted American soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was a sergeant in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment.

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Jasper Johns

(1930- ) Jasper Johns grew up in Allendale, SC, and is an influential contemporary artist in the genres of Abstract Expressionism and Pop art. He often uses symbols such as numbers, the US flag, and maps in his works.

William H. Johnson

William H. Johnson

(1901-1970) William H. Johnson was an African American painter from Florence who painted distinctive modernist imagery of African American life.

Mamie Johnson

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

(1932-2017 ) Brown in Ridgeway, SC, Mamie "Peanut" Johnson was the only woman to pitch for Negro Major League.

William Johnson, Jr.

(1771-1834) William Johnson, Jr. was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from Charleston who served from 1804 to 1834.

Henrietta Johnston

Henrietta Johnston

(ca. 1674-1729) Working in Charleston, Henrietta Johnston was the first female professional artist in America.

Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan

(1948-2007) Robert Jordan was a fantasy author from Charleston, SC. His most famous work was The Wheel of Time series.

Ernest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just (1883-1941)

Joseph Lane Kirkland

Joseph Lane Kirkland

(1922-1999) Joseph Lane Kirkland was a labor union leader who served as president of the AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995.

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

(1927-2008) Eartha Kitt was an actress, singer, and cabaret star from North, SC. She was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman.

Henry Laurens

Henry Laurens

(1724-1792) Born in Charleston, SC, Henry Laurens was a merchant, political leader, and rice planter who was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

John Lawson

(mid to late 1600s-1711) John Lawson was a British explorer, naturalist, and writer who explored the Carolina backcountry and published the first natural historical survey of the area in the book A New Voyage