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Mercer Silas Bailey

 M.S. Bailey was a successful businessman in Clinton, SC, who owned two cotton mills and was active in banking and other local businesses.

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Paul Benjamin

Born in Pelion, SC, Paul Benjamin was a film, television, and theater actor whose career spanned over five decades. Best known as "M.L.," Benjamin starred in "Do the Right Thing," "Across 110th Street," and "Escape from Alcatraz." 

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Waddy Thompson

SC House of Representatives, US Congress, US Diplomat to Mexico. Born in Pickens Co., lived in Greenville Co. and Edgefield Co.

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Harriet Hancock

Harriet Daniels Hancock is a pioneer LGBTQ activist in South Carolina.

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Saluda County

Saluda County was named for the Saluda River, which forms one of its borders. The county was established in 1895 from part of Edgefield County, and the county seat is the town of Saluda.

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Lancaster County

Lancaster County and its county seat of Lancaster were named for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773).

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Oconee County

Oconee County takes its name from a Native American word meaning "water eyes of the hills." It was formed in 1868 from Pickens District, and the county seat is Walhalla.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina Economy

South Carolina's economy was ranked the 25th largest in the United States based on GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2020. The current GDP for South Carolina is 244,881.70 (October 2021). South Carolina has employed over 2 million people. Currently, the unemployment rate for South Carolina is 4.3%. 

South Carolina Glossary

Map of South Carolina counties with the capital, Columbia in orange text.

capital

(noun) - the seat of government, especially of a country or state