List of people from Charleston, South Carolina

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This is a list of notable people who were either born in, or have lived in, Charleston, South Carolina.



Military figures[edit]

Political figures[edit]

  • William Aiken, Jr. (1806–1887), Governor of South Carolina[2]
  • Judah P. Benjamin (1811–1884), U.S. Senator from Louisiana, Confederate States Secretary of State and Attorney General
  • James Francis Byrnes (1879–1972), U.S. Representative and Senator, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Secretary of State, and Governor of South Carolina
  • Floride Calhoun (1792–1866), Second Lady of the United States; wife of John C. Calhoun
  • John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), U.S. Representative and Senator, Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of War
  • Henry William de Saussure (1763–1839), second director of United States Mint; intendant (mayor) of Charleston
  • William Drayton, Sr. (1733–1790), associate justice of South Carolina Supreme Court[2]
  • Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), American Revolutionary War leader
  • James Gadsden (1788–1858), U.S. minister to Mexico; president of the South Carolina Railroad Company
  • Robert Young Hayne (1791–1839), Mayor of Charleston 1836–1837; United States Senator 1823–1833; Governor of South Carolina[3]
  • Thomas Heyward, Jr. (1746–1809), signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Fritz Hollings (born 1922), United States Senator from South Carolina; Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
  • Henry Laurens (1724–1792), American Revolutionary War leader
  • Burnet Maybank (1899–1954), Charleston mayor (1931–1935); South Carolina governor (1939–1941); United States Senator from South Carolina[4]
  • Christopher Memminger (1803–1888), Confederate Minister of the Treasury; proponent of public schools
  • William Porcher Miles (1822–1899), lawyer; Mayor of Charleston 1855-1857; U.S. Representative from South Carolina; member of the Confederate Congress; designed the Confederate battle flag[5]
  • Thomas Parker (1760–1820), U.S. District Attorney for S.C. 1792–1820; married daughter of William Henry Drayton, Mary Drayton[6]
  • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825), American Revolutionary War leader; United States Ambassador to France; Federalist candidate for President in the 1804 and 1808 United States presidential elections
  • Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779–1851), botanist, politician, and diplomat; U.S. Representative; United States Ambassador to Mexico, Secretary of War; founded precursor to the Smithsonian Institution; namesake of the poinsettia
  • Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (born 1943), Mayor of Charleston 1975-2015
  • Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. (1921–1999), member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Clarendon County 1955–1966; Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1966; reared in Charleston; spent adult years in Manning
  • Edward Rutledge, signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence; Governor of South Carolina, 1798-1800
  • John Rutledge, President of South Carolina, 1776-1778; Commander and Chief of South Carolina forces during Revolutionary War; Governor of South Carolina, 1779-1782; second Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; signed the U.S. Constitution
  • James Skivring Smith (1825–1884), President of Liberia, 1871-1872
  • George Alfred Trenholm (1807–1876), Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Bill Workman (born 1940), Charleston native; mayor of Greenville, 1983-1995; economic development specialist


Writers and artists[edit]



  1. ^ Jones, Mark R (2006). Wicked Charleston: Prostitutes, Politics and Prohibition (illustrated ed.). The History Press. p. 19-23. ISBN 9781596291348. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 
  3. ^ "Robert Young Hayne"
  4. ^ "Burnet Rhett Maybank"
  5. ^ "William Porcher Miles"
  6. ^ O'Neall, John Belton (1859). "Thomas Parker". Biographical sketches of the bench and bar of South Carolina. 2. Charleston, S.C.: S.G. Courtenay & Co. pp. 47–50. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Garland Erastus Bayliss". Bryan-College Station Eagle. May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ Leigh Guidry (March 25, 2015). "LC board names South Carolina VP as ninth president". The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 

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