Born to Indian immigrant parents, Nikki Haley went on to become the first Indian-American to hold an office in South Carolina and later became its governor—the first woman and second Indian American to be appointed governor in the US. A published author, she has also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations.
Strom Thurmond was an American politician, judge, and military officer. He represented South Carolina in the US Senate for 48 years, becoming the longest-serving senator at that time. He is also credited with establishing The Strom Thurmond Foundation, which continues to provide financial support to South Carolina residents, especially able students with financial needs.
Joel Roberts Poinsett was an American diplomat, physician, and slave owner. He served as the United States Minister to Mexico from 1 June 1825 to 17 October 1829. He also served as the 15th US Secretary of War from 7 March 1837 to 4 March 1841.