South Carolina People

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John Adair

Born in Chester County, South Carolina, John Adair was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician.

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James Hopkins Adams

66th Governor of South Carolina

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William Aiken, Jr.

William Aiken, Jr. was the 61st Governor of South Carolina.

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Kimberly Clarice Aiken

Kimberly Clarice Aiken won the title of Miss America in 1994.

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Jaimie Alexander

Jaimie Alexander is an actress best known for her leading role as Jane Doe in the TV drama, Blindspot and the Lady Sif in the Thor films.

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Ray Allen

Raised in Dalzell, SC, Ray Allen is an NBA All-Star basketball player who has played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Miami Heat, and Boston Celtics.

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Gilbert Allen

Gilbert Allen is a poet, fiction writer, editor, and educator.

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Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison is a writer from Greenville, SC. She is known for her book "Bastard Out of Carolina." 

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Joseph Alston

Born in All Saints Parish (Georgetown County), Joseph Alston was the governor of South Carolina from 1812 - 1814.

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Theodosia Burr Alston

Daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr. Associated with Georgetown Co.

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Marcus Amaker

Marcus Amaker is the poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina.

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Cat Anderson

Born in Greenville, SC, William Alonzo "Cat" Anderson was a well-known jazz trumpeter who played with Duke Ellington in his orchestra.

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Richard Heron Anderson

Richard Heron Anderson was a General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War

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John Gary Anderson

John Gary Anderson was the founder of the Anderson Motor Company in Rock Hill, SC, which made automobiles from 1916 to 1926.

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Bill Anderson

Born in Columbia, SC, Bill Anderson is a country music singer and songwriter nicknamed "Whisperin' Bill." 

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Pink Anderson

Born in Laurens, SC, Pinkney "Pink" Anderson was a blues singer and guitarist who inspired the "Pink" in the name of the English rock band Pink Floyd. 

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Aziz Ansari

Columbia native Aziz Ansari is an actor, writer, producer, director, and comedian.

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Nickolas Ashford

Born in Fairfield, SC, Nickolas Ashford was a singer, songwriter, and producer. Together with his wife, Valerie Simpson, they formed the legendary Motown songwriting-production team, Ashford & Simpson. 

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Harry Scott Ashmore

Harry Ashmore was an author, editor, and Pulitzer Prize winner for his editorials in 1957 on the school integration conflict in Little Rock, Arkansas.