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All 4 types of the poisonous snakes found in the United States live in South Carolina: rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth, and the coral snake. 

Cheaper by the Dozen


Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. (1911-2001) was a journalist in Charleston, South Carolina at The Post and Courier, who wrote the novel Cheaper by the Dozen with his sister, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.

State Gem Stone


Amethyst is the state gem stone, designated in 1969. Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz with shades varying from a light violet to a deep grape color. South Carolina is one of three states where amethyst of good quality can be found in the United States. 

The Brooks-Sumner Affair


In 1857, South Carolina Representative, Preston Brooks, avenged his uncle, Senator Andrew Butler, on the Senate floor by bludgeoning Charles Sumner. Sumner had previously insulted Senator Butler in a heated debate about Kansas.