A List of Famous Charlestonians

A List of Famous Charlestonians

Ever wonder about what famous people came from Charleston? Well, wonder no more. Here is a list of 10 famous Charlestonians!

Dubose Heyward

Heyward was born in Charleston and is a descendant of Judge Thomas Hewyard Jr. He is best known for being the author for the 1925 novel, Porgy. In 1927, he adapted Porgy as a play with his wife, Dorothy. Hewyard spent most of his life writing poetry, novels, and plays. He was also the author of the 1939 children’s book, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes.

William Charles Wells

Wells was a Scottish-American physician and printer born in Charleston. He is most notorious for being the first person to make a statement about natural selection. Charles Darwin also gave Wells credit for being first to recognize natural selection. He went on to continue doing more momentous medical research.

Edward Rutledge

Rutledge, born in Charleston, is best known for being the youngest person to sign the Declaration of Independence. He was an American politician and served as 39th Governor of South Carolina. He later served in the General Assembly and did that until 1796. He passed away in 1800 in Charleston from apoplexy.

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Pinckney was a statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Pickney ran as a representative for the Federalist party for office with his opponent being Thomas Jefferson. Pickney ran again in 1808 but lost to James Madison. Pickney later passed away in 1825 in Charleston.

Thomas Heyward Jr.

Heyward signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative for South Carolina. He was elected to the Contential Congress in 1775 and served as a judge in 1778. You can visit The Thomas Heyward House on 18 Meeting St and see where he grew up! Today there is also a school named after him called, Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

John C. Calhoun

Calhoun was the 7th Vice President of the United States serving under both John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. He is also well-known for being a strong advocate for slavery and owned dozens of slaves. John F. Kennedy praised him for being one of the five greatest senators in the United States. Today, you can visit the Calhoun Mansion on 16 Meeting St.

Christopher Gadsden

Gadsden was the leader of the South Carolina Patriot movement that took place during the American Revolution. Born and raised in Charleston, you can visit the house he built on 329 East Bay St. Today, he is buried in the St. Phillip’s Churchyard.

Arthur Freed

A famous American lyricist and Hollywood film producer, Arthur Freed was born and raised here in Charleston. He was a producer for the Wizard of Oz and Babes in Arms. He was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and wrote lyrics for several films produced by MGM.

Robert Charlwood Richardson Jr.

Born in Charleston, Richardson was famous for being the Commanding General of the Hawaiian Department. Fighting in both World War I and World War II, Richardson is an American hero. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Legion of Honor, and Legion of Merrit. He was promoted to full general by the US Congress as a special act following his death.

Katrina McClain Johnson

Johnson known for being an incredible basketball player played in various USA basketball teams and three Olympic teams. She was born and raised in Charleston and played all throughout her high school career at St. Andrews High School. She is honored at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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