Political and Government Leaders

Joseph Alston

Joseph Alston

(1779-1816) Born in All Saints Parish (Georgetown County), Joseph Alston was the governor of South Carolina from 1812-1814 and was also implicated in plots of his father-in-law Aaron Burr, who was accused of trying to take possession of Spanish-owned land in the

Bernard Baruch

Bernard Baruch

(1870-1965) Born in Camden,SC, Bernard Baruch was an economic advisor to presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke

(1953- ) Ben Bernanke grew up in Dillon, SC. Bernanke was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve System from 2006-2014.

Preston Brooks

Preston Brooks

(1819-1857) Born in Roseland, SC (Edgefield County), Preston Brooks was a Democratic congressman from South Carolina who brutally beat Charles Sumner, a Senator from Massachusetts, in the US Senate chamber.

Edgar A. Brown

Edgar A. Brown

(1868-1975) Born in Aiken County, Edgar Allan Brown was a longtime Democratic legislator of South Carolina from Barnwell County who served South Carolina from 1922-1972.

Pierce Butler

Pierce Butler

(1744–1822) Pierce Butler was a Founding Father of the United States who represented South Carolina at the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and as a U.S. Senator.

James F. Byrnes

James F. Byrnes

(1879-1972) Born in Charleston, SC, James F. Byrnes was a U.S. Secretary of State, Associate Justice U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Senator, and Governor of South Carolina from 1951-1955.

John C. Calhoun

John C. Calhoun

(1782-1850) Born in McCormick County, John Calhoun was a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and the 7th Vice-President of the United States.

Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.

Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.

(1940-2005) Born in Greenville, SC, Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. was a U.S. Congressman and Governor of South Carolina from 1987-1995.

Francis Cardozo

Francis Lewis Cardozo

(1836–1903) Born in Charleston, SC, Francis Cardozo was a leading political figure in the Radical Reconstruction political environment and first African American to hold a statewide office in the United States.

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