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State Gem Stone

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Amethyst is the state gem stone, designated in 1969. Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz with shades varying from a light violet to a deep grape color. South Carolina is one of three states where amethyst of good quality can be found in the United States. 

The Brooks-Sumner Affair

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In 1857, South Carolina Representative, Preston Brooks, avenged his uncle, Senator Andrew Butler, on the Senate floor by bludgeoning Charles Sumner. Sumner had previously insulted Senator Butler in a heated debate about Kansas.

Snakes

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All 4 types of the poisonous snakes found in the United States live in South Carolina: rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth, and the coral snake. 

Cheaper by the Dozen

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Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. (1911-2001) was a journalist in Charleston, South Carolina at The Post and Courier, who wrote the novel Cheaper by the Dozen with his sister, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.