Political and Government Leaders

(1779-1851) Born in Charleston, Joel Roberts Poinsett was a US Representative, the first US Minister to Mexico, and US Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren. The poinsettia flower is named after him.

(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.

(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)