SC People

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

(1749-1779) Thomas Lynch, Jr. from Georgetown County, SC, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Barton MacLane

Barton MacLane

(1902-1969) Born in Columbia, SC, Barton MacLane was an actor, playwright, and screenwriter.

Andrew Gordon Magrath

Andrew Gordon Magrath

(1813-1893) Andrew Gordon Magrath was a federal judge and later governor of South Carolina during the Civil War.

Elizabeth Mahon

Elizabeth Mahon

(1919-2001) From Greenville, SC, Elizabeth "Lib" Mahon was a baseball player in the 1940s in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Francis Marion

Francis Marion

(ca. 1732-1795) Born in Winyah (Winyah Bay, SC), Francis Marion was a strategic fighter against the British during the War of Independence.

Benjamin Elijah Mays

Benjamin Elijah Mays

(1894-1984) Born in Greenwood, SC, Benjamin Elijah Mays was a teacher, civil rights leader, president of Morehouse College, dean of Howard University's School of Religion, and first black president of Atlanta's sc

Edwin McCain

Edwin McCain

(1970- ) Born in Greenville, SC, Edwin McCain is an alternative rock singer-songwriter and musician.

Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair

(1950-1986) Born in Lake City, SC, Ronald McNair is an astronaut killed in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Arthur Middleton

Arthur Middleton

(1742-1787) Born in Charleston, SC, Arthur Middleton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Robert Mills House

Robert Mills

(1781-1855) Born in Charleston, SC, Robert Mills was one of the first Americans to become a professional architect.

Rebecca Motte

Rebecca Motte

(1738-1805) Rebecca Motte was a widower and landowner along the Congaree River who graciously allowed Francis Marion and other Patriot soldiers to set fire to her plantation home when the British took command of t

William Moultrie

William Moultrie

(1730-1805) William Moultrie was a general in the Revolutionary War who had Fort Moultrie built out of Palmetto logs on Sullivan’s Island, in the Charleston Harbor.

Kary Mullis

Kary Mullis

(1944- ) Kary Mullis grew up in Columbia, SC and is an esteemed biochemist and Nobel laureate.

I. DeQuincey Newman

(1911-1985) Reverend Isaiah DeQuincey Newman was a minister and civil rights leader who became the first African American since 1887 to serve in the state Senate.

Juan Pardo

(fl.1560) Juan Pardo was a Spanish explorer who built missions and forts in the Southeast in 1566 and 1567.

Peggy Parish

(1927-1988) An author from Manning, SC, Peggy Parish wrote the Amelia Bedelia children’s book series.

William "The Refrigerator" Perry

(1962- ) William Perry is a former professional football player. He was a Chicago Bears defensive lineman and key player in Superbowl XX in 1986. His nickname is "The Refrigerator" because of his size.

Julia Peterkin

Julia Peterkin

(1880-1961) Born in Laurens County, SC, Julia Peterkin was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who wrote about the African American experience in the South.

Andrew Pickens

Andrew Pickens

(1739-1817) Andrew Pickens was a militia leader in the American Revolutionary War and US Representative from Abbeville County, SC.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

(1723–1793) Eliza Lucas Pinckney was a daughter of a plantation owner who is best known for her experiments with creating blue dye from indigo plants, which led to indigo becoming one of the colony’s most importan