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ADDITIONS May 28 - Simpsonville Mayors (Officeholders Page) updated with Dates and Burials Jun. 22 - Greenville Female College 1879-1880 (List of Students, Alumni, Faculty) Jul. 10 - Capers Biography and Misc. Society News added Jul. 27 - Misc. Biographies added Aug. 13 - Page of Honor Updated Dec. 17 - Misc. Biographies added
origins of the name Greenville County are uncertain, but the county was
probably named for Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene
(1742-1786) or for an early resident, Isaac Green. This part of the
state was the territory of the Cherokee Indians until 1777.
Scotch-Irish and English settlers began moving into the area soon after
it was ceded to the state.
Greenville District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was
part of the larger Washington District. The county seat was originally
named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed to Greenville.
Because of its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
Greenville County became a popular summer retreat for low country
planters. Encouraged by abundant streams and rivers, textile
manufacturers began operating in the area as early as the 1820s, and
after the Civil War Greenville County became a textile center. Diplomat
and Congressman Waddy Thompson(1798-1868) was a resident of Greenville,
and in more recent years the county has produced baseball player
"Shoeless Joe" Jackson (1887-1951), Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes,
and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. (Submitted by: SC
State Library / Mary Morgan, 31-Mar-2008)