SC People

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

(1964- ) Born in Charleston, Stephen Colbert is a comedian and best known for anchoring his own show on Comedy Central: "The Colbert Report."

Pat Conroy

(1945-2016) Pat Conroy grew up in Beaufort and attended Beaufort High School and The Citadel. He is a popular novelist who has written many popular books such as The Prince of Tides.

Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper

(1759–1839) Thomas Cooper was a professor, philosopher, and president of South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, from 1820-1833.

Thomas Coram

(1756-1811) Thomas Coram was an 18th-century landscape artist who painted the Mulberry Plantation in Berkeley County, SC.

Charles Craven

(1682-1745) Born in England, Charles Craven was the governor of the colony of South Carolina from 1711-1716 and held office during the end of the Tuscarora War and the beginning of the Yemassee War.

Ann Pamela Cunningham

Ann Pamela Cunningham

(1816-1875) Born in Laurens County, SC, Ann Pamela Cunningham was the founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association that purchased and preserved Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.

Gary Davis

Gary Davis

(1896-1972) Born in Clinton, SC, Gary Davis was a blind blues and gospel songwriter and innovative guitarist.

Francisco de Chicora

(fl. 1521) Francisco de Chicora was an Indian slave from South Carolina who was brought back to Spain in 1521.

Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto

(ca. 1500-1542) Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who explored in South Carolina.

Joseph Armstrong DeLaine

(1898-1974) Reverend Joseph Armstrong Delaine was a civil rights leader from Summerton, SC, who helped end segregation in South Carolina schools.

James Dickey

James Dickey

(1923-1997) James Dickey was a professor at the University of South Carolina known for his poetry and novels.

Samuel Henry Dickson

Samuel Henry Dickson

(1798-1872) Born in Charleston, SC, Samuel Henry Dickson was a poet, physician, writer and educator. He was one of the founders of the Medical College of South Carolina (now the Medical University of South Carolina).

Julius Dixson

(1913-2004) Born in Barnwell, SC, Julius Dixson was an African American songwriter and record company executive.

Larry Doby

Larry Doby

(1923-2003) Born in Camden, SC, Lawrence "Larry" Doby was the first African American to play baseball in the American League and the second African American to manage a major league team.

Ulysses Dove

Ulysses Dove

(1947-1996) Born in Columbia, SC, Ulysses Dove was a well-known contemporary dance choreographer.

David Drake

David Drake

(about 1801- about 1870s) David Drake lived in Edgefield as a slave and, after the Civil War, as a freed man who made distinctive stoneware pottery, often engraved with short poems or couplets.

William Henry Drayton

William Henry Drayton

(1742–1779) William Henry Drayton was a planter and lawyer from Charleston, SC, who served as a delegate for South Carolina to the Continental Congress.

Charles M. Duke Jr.

Charles M. Duke Jr.

(1935- ) Colonel Charles Moss Duke, Jr. is a retired USAF Brigadier General and former NASA astronaut and engineer. He was born in Charlotte, NC and attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, SC.

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

(1939- ) Born in Bennettsville, SC, Marian Wright Edelman is an activist for the rights of children and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Robert Brown Elliott

Robert Brown Elliott

(1842-1884) Robert Elliott was an African American U.S. Representative from 1871-1874.