South Carolina from A to Z Historian and author Walter Edgar mines the riches of the South Carolina Encyclopedia to bring you these brief nuggets of South Carolina's history and culture.
South Carolina from A to Z

South Carolina from A to Z

From South Carolina Public Radio

Historian and author Walter Edgar mines the riches of the South Carolina Encyclopedia to bring you these brief nuggets of South Carolina's history and culture.

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"G" is for Gary, Martin Witherspoon (1831-1881)

"G" is for Gary, Martin Witherspoon (1831-1881). Soldier, politician.

"F" is for Figg, Robert McCormick, Jr. (1901-1991)

"F" is for Figg, Robert McCormick, Jr. (1901-1991). Lawyer, public servant, legal educator.

"E" is for Edgefield County

Edgefield County was created in 1785 from the southern portion of the backcountry judicial district of Ninety Six.

"D" is for Darlington Raceway

"The Track Too Tough to Tame," "The Lady in Black." These two titles provide some indication of the respect and awe NASCAR drivers and fans have for Darlington Raceway.

"G" is for Georgetown

"G" is for Georgetown (Georgetown County; 2020 population 8,664). Located at the confluence of the Sampit River and Winyah bay, Georgetown was founded in 1729 and is the third oldest town in South Carolina.

"E" is for Edwards, James Burrows

"E" is for Edwards, James Burrows [1927-2014] Governor, U.S. Secretary of Energy, college president. After graduating from the College of Charleston and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Edwards established a dental practice in Charleston. Active in Republican Party politics, he was elected to the South Carolina senate in 1972. In 1974 he won the party's nomination for governor and became the first Republican governor of South Carolina in the twentieth century. Among his many accomplishments was the landmark Education Finance Act. After serving as Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Energy, Edwards returned home to become president of the Medical University of South Carolina. Under his leadership, MUSC thrived and research funding increased tenfold. When James Burrows Edwards retired in 1999 he was one of the best-known and most-respected public figures in modern South Carolina—a genuine elder statesman.

"S" is for St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish

"S" is for St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish. Located on the peninsula formed by the Cooper and Wando Rivers in modern Berkeley County, St. Thomas and St. Denis were created by the Church Act of 1706 and constitute colonial South Carolina's only parish within a parish.

"R" is for Reno, Donald Wesley (1927-1984)

"R" is for Reno, Donald Wesley (1927-1984). Musician. A native of Spartanburg, Don Reno probably ranks second only to Earl Scruggs in prestige among bluegrass banjo pickers

"P" is for Payne, Daniel Alexander (1811-1893)

"P" is for Payne, Daniel Alexander (1811-1893). Educator, clergyman. In 1865 Daniel Alexander Payne returned to South Carolina to preside over the establishment of the South Carolina Conference of the AME Church.

"N" is for Noble, Patrick (ca. 1787-1840)

"N" is for Noble, Patrick (ca. 1787-1840). Governor. An ardent proponent of states' rights, Patrick Noble advocated public resistance to the expansion of federal power, which he deemed "highly dangerous, and subversive of our excellent frame of Government."