SC People

Henry Timrod

Henry Timrod

(1828-1867) Born in Charleston, Henry Timrod was a poet, sometimes called the poet laureate of the Confederacy.

Aaron Tippin

Aaron Tippin

(1958- ) Aaron Tippin is a country music artist and record producer who was raised in Traveler’s Rest, SC.

William Barret Travis

William Barret Travis

(1809-1836) Born in Saluda County, SC, William Barret Travis was a 19th century American lawyer and soldier.

Josh Turner

Josh Turner

(1977- ) Born in Hannah, SC, Josh Turner is a contemporary country music artist.

Angelica Singleton Van Buren

Angelica Singleton Van Buren

(1818-1877) Born in Wedgefield, SC, Angelica Singleton Van Buren married Abraham Van Buren while his father, Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States.

Elizabeth O'Neill Verner

(1883-1979) Elizabeth O’Neill Verner was an artist and major figure of the Charleston Renaissance.

Denmark Vesey

(ca. 1767-1822) Denmark Vesey was a freed slave living in Charleston, SC who planned a large slave rebellion. The rebellion plot failed and Vesey and other plot leaders were arrested and executed.

William Aiken Walker

William Aiken Walker

(1838-1921) William Aiken Walker was a painter from Charleston, SC who specialized in rural farm and plantation scenes.

J. Waties Waring

(1880–1968) Judge J. Waties Waring was the dissenting opinion in the Briggs v. Elliott court case; a white Southerner who advocated for justice and an end to segregation in the education system.

John B. Watson

John B. Watson

(1878-1958) John Watson was a psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism and conducted research on animal behavior, child rearing, and advertising.

John C. West

(1922-2004) Born in Camden, SC, John C. West was a Lieutenant Governor and Governor of South Carolina and United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1977-1981)

Charles S. West

(1829-1885) Born in Camden, SC, Charles S. West was a Texas jurist and politician.

William C. Westmoreland

William C. Westmoreland

(1914-2005) General William C. Westmoreland, born in Spartanburg, led the American troops during a pivotal time in the Vietnam War.

Josh White

Josh White

(1914-1969) Born in Greenville, SC, Josh White was a singer, musician, and civil rights activist.

Vanna White

Vanna White

(1957- ) From North Myrtle Beach, SC, Vanna White is a television personality best known as the puzzle-board turner and co-host on the game show Wheel of Fortune.

Paul Wight, better known as The Big Show

Paul Donald Wight, Jr.

(1972- ) Born in Aiken, Paul Wight, better known as The Big Show, is a WWE professional wrestler and actor.

Mookie Wilson

William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson

(1956- ) Born in Bamberg, SC, William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson is a former Major League Baseball player who played with the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

Henry Woodward

(1646-1690) Henry Woodward was an early colonist of South Carolina who was instrumental in establishing contact with Native Americans and setting up a trading system.

Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright

Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright

(1840-1885) Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright was the first African American to practice law in South Carolina.

William Caleb "Cale" Yarborough

William Caleb "Cale" Yarborough

(1939- ) Born near Timmonsville, SC, William Caleb “Cale” Yarborough is a former NASCAR driver who won the 1976, 1977, and 1978 Winston Cup.