Historical Beginnings

South Carolina Constitution

Constitution of 1776. Constitutional and Organic Papers. S131009. South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina had a system of government as a British colony that evolved into a state government after the American Revolution.

Colonial Government

Signing of the Constitution

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 signing of the Declaration of Independence and a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • John C. Calhoun
    John C. Calhoun, born near Abbeville, SC, was a U.S. Representative and Vice President of the United States.

Early State Government