Leaders From South Carolina

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South Carolina has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Jesse Jackson, Nikki Haley, Strom Thurmond, Lindsey Graham, Trey Gowdy and others.
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 1 
Jesse Jackson
(United States Shadow Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997)
Jesse Jackson
4
Birthdate: October 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Civil rights activist and politician Jesse Jackson, father of former U.S. representative Jesse Jackson Jr., is also a Baptist minister. He has been a shadow U.S. senator from the District of Columbia and established organizations that merged into the non-profit Rainbow/PUSH. He also hosted CNN’s Both Sides with Jesse Jackson.
 2 
Trey Gowdy
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 4th district)
Trey Gowdy
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Birthdate: August 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Trey Gowdy, former representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district, has also been a federal prosecutor and a district attorney. He led the investigations into the Benghazi attack and Hillary Clinton's email server, and has chaired the House Oversight Committee. He now works for Fox News and a legal firm.
 3 
Nikki Haley
(The First Female Governor of South Carolina)
Nikki Haley
82
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

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.

 4 
Robert Smalls
(Politician)
Robert Smalls
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Birthdate: April 5, 1839
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 23, 1915
 5 
James Longstreet
(United States Minister to the Ottoman Empire (1880-81))
James Longstreet
4
Birthdate: January 8, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 2, 1904
 6 
Francis Marion
(Military officer)
Francis Marion
4
Birthdate: February 26, 1732
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 27, 1795
 7 
James Enos Clyburn
(House Majority Whip since 2019, United States Representative since 1993)
James Enos Clyburn
5
Birthdate: July 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
 8 
William Barret Travis
(Military Leader)
William Barret Travis
3
Birthdate: August 1, 1809
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 6, 1836
 9 
Tim Scott
(Politician)
Tim Scott
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Birthdate: September 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
 10 
Jaime Harrison
(Politician)
Jaime Harrison
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Birthdate: February 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 11 
John Edwards
(Politician, Lawyer, Writer, Podcaster)
John Edwards
6
Birthdate: June 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
 12 
William Childs Westmoreland
6
Birthdate: March 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 18, 2005
 13 
Mark Sanford
(Political Leader)
Mark Sanford
4
Birthdate: May 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
 14 
Bernard Mannes Baruch
3
Birthdate: August 19, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 20, 1965
 15 
Strom Thurmond
(One of the Longest-Serving Senators in United States History)
Strom Thurmond
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Birthdate: December 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 26, 2003

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.

 16 
Benjamin R. Tillman
3
Birthdate: August 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 3, 1918
 17 
Wade Hampton III
3
Birthdate: March 28, 1818
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 11, 1902
 18 
Lindsey Graham
(United States Senator)
Lindsey Graham
54
Birthdate: July 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
 19 
Preston Brooks
(Politician)
Preston Brooks
3
Birthdate: August 5, 1819
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 27, 1857
 20 
Christopher Gadsden
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1724
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 28, 1805
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
3
Birthdate: February 25, 1746
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 16, 1825
 22 
Emmett J. Rice
(Professor)
Emmett J. Rice
3
Birthdate: December 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 10, 2011
 23 
Henry Laurens
(Politician)
Henry Laurens
3
Birthdate: March 6, 1724
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 8, 1792
 24 
Edward Rutledge
(Politician)
Edward Rutledge
3
Birthdate: November 23, 1749
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 23, 1800
 25 
Jim DeMint
(Politician)
Jim DeMint
3
Birthdate: September 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
 26 
Thomas Pinckney
(Governor)
Thomas Pinckney
2
Birthdate: October 23, 1750
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 2, 1828
 27 
Charles Pinckney
(Statesman)
Charles Pinckney
2
Birthdate: October 26, 1757
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 29, 1824
 28 
Joel Roberts Poinsett
(15th US Secretary of War (1837 – 1841))
Joel Roberts Poinsett
2
Birthdate: March 2, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 12, 1851

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. 

 29 
Joseph Hayne Rainey
2
Birthdate: June 21, 1832
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 1, 1887
 30 
Joseph E. Brown
(Governor of Georgia, United States)
Joseph E. Brown
2
Birthdate: April 15, 1821
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 30, 1894
 31 
William Moultrie
2
Birthdate: November 23, 1730
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 27, 1805
 32 
Henry Martyn Robert
2
Birthdate: May 2, 1837
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 11, 1923
 33 
Jesse Jackson Jr.
(Politician)
Jesse Jackson Jr.
3
Birthdate: March 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
 34 
Arthur Middleton
(Politician)
Arthur Middleton
2
Birthdate: June 26, 1742
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 1, 1787
 35 
Richard H. Anderson
(Military Officer)
Richard H. Anderson
2
Birthdate: October 7, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 26, 1879
 36 
William Gilmore Simms
1
Birthdate: April 17, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 11, 1870
 37 
Tessa Fowler
(She and Mary Gilu were the first women elected to the Representative Assembly, serving from 1975 to 1977)
Tessa Fowler
1
 38 
Robert Young Hayne
(Politician)
Robert Young Hayne
1
Birthdate: November 10, 1791
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 24, 1839
 39 
Carroll A. Campbell Jr.
(112th Governor of South Carolina)
Carroll A. Campbell Jr.
0
Birthdate: July 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 7, 2005
 40 
Lane Kirkland
(Labor union leader)
Lane Kirkland
1
Birthdate: March 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 14, 1999
 41 
James Skivring Smith
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Birthdate: February 26, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: 1892 AD
 42 
Alonzo J. Ransier
(Politician)
Alonzo J. Ransier
1
Birthdate: January 3, 1834
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 17, 1882
 43 
Henry L. Pinckney
(Politician)
Henry L. Pinckney
1
Birthdate: September 24, 1794
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 3, 1863
 44 
Hugh S. Legaré
1
Birthdate: January 2, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 20, 1843
Robert Francis Withers Allston
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Birthdate: April 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 7, 1864