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John Lyde Wilson

49th Governor of South Carolina

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Alma Levant Hayden

Alma Levant Hayden was a chemist and one of the first African American women to work as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s.

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Virginia McLaurin

Born in Cheraw, SC, Virginia McLaurin is a community volunteer and supercentenarian.

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Stephen Colbert

Stephen Tyrone Colbert is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report.

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Aiken County

Aiken County and its county seat, the town of Aiken, were named for William Aiken (1806-1831), president of the South Carolina Railroad.

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Jasper County

Jasper County was named for Revolutionary War hero Sergeant William Jasper (ca.1750-1779).

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Williamsburg County

Williamsburg County was probably named for King William III of England (1650-1702). Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot settlers began moving into this part of the Lowcountry around 1732.

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Pickens County

Pickens County was named for Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens (1739-1817).

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Amphibian

The indigenous Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) was designated as the State Amphibian by ACT Number 79 of 1999 as a result of a campaign by a third-grade class at Woodlands Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg.

South Carolina Glossary

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(noun) - a person held in forced servitude