Sandlapper Society

Esteemed Businesspersons from SC

Bernard Baruch

Born in Camden in 1870, Bernard Baruch moved to New York at age 10. After college, he began working at a brokerage house on Wall Street. He eventually bought a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and became a millionaire by age 30. During World War I, he served on the War industries Board. His economic expertise made him a valued advisor to Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt and Truman. In 1905 he purchased 17,000 acre Hobcaw Barony near Georgetown where President Roosevelt stayed for an extended period. Today, Clemson and USC use Hobcaw Barony for research and learning.

James Lide Coker

A Confederate Major during the Civil War, James Coker was born in 1837 at society hill. After the war, he was a successful farmer and merchant who turned to manufacturing. His papermaking business in Hartsville became Southern Novelty Company – now called Sonoco, one of the world’s leading packaging companies. He also founded Coker College, and while serving in the SC House of Representatives, he introduced the first legislation seeking free public education.

Darla Moore

Darla Moore was born in Lake City in 1954. A graduate of USC and George Washington University, she began her career as a trainee at chemical Bank in New York, where she became expert at turning around companies in bankruptcy. Darla became the highest paid, most powerful woman in American banking. She has donated over $65 million to the USC School of Business, which bears her name, and $10 million to the School of Education at Clemson. She is the founder of The Palmetto Institute which works to raise the per capita income of South Carolinians.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Born on the island of Antigua, Eliza Pinckney moves to Charlestown as a young girl. When her father was called to military service, she took over running the family’s plantation and began experimenting with making high quality blue dye from indigo plants. Her success opened a new and highly profitable market for Lowcountry indigo growers in South Carolina.

Elizabeth Timothy

Elizabeth Timothy was the first female newspaper owner, editor and publisher in the United States. Timothy’s husband Lewis originally contracted with Benjamin Franklin to publish the South Carolina Gazette in 1733. After his death in 1738, Elizabeth took over the Gazette and ran it until 1746 when she turned it over to her son. In addition to operating the paper, Timothy also ran a household and raised her children singlehandedly.


Bernard Baruch

James Lide Coker

Darla Moore