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]

  • Mark Wayne Clark (1896–1984), United States Army general of World War II and the Korean War
  • Benjamin Huger (1805–1877), Confederate Army general
  • Robert C. Richardson, Jr. (1882–1954), United States Army general of World War II
  • William Childs Westmoreland (1914–2005),United States Army general of Vietnam. U. S. Army Chief of Staff (1968–1972)
  • Private First Class Ralph Henry Johnson, Jan 1949 - Mar 1968, USMC, Vietnam War.

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
  • Edward Rutledge, Signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence - Governor of South Carolina 1798 thru 1800
  • John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), U.S. Representative and Senator, Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of War
  • Floride Calhoun (1792–1866), Second Lady of the United States and wife of John C. Calhoun
  • John Rutledge, President of South Carolina, 1776 thru 1778 - Commander and Chief of South Carolina forces during Revolutionary War - Governor of South Carolina 1779 thru 1782 - 2nd Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court - Signed the U.S. Constitution.
  • 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 United States 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), and United States Senator from South Carolina[4]
  • Burnet Maybank Jr., lawyer and Lieutenant governor of South Carolina[citation needed]
  • 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 (district attorney) (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 since 1975
  • 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
  • Henry William de Saussure (1763–1839) second director of United States Mint, intendant (mayor) of Charleston
  • 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 from 1983 to 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. ^ See references in the Frank Lebby Stanton article.
  8. ^ "Garland Erastus Bayliss". Bryan-College Station Eagle. May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 

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