Laurens County (pop. 66,537) is one of two Laurens counties in the U.S. The other is in Georgia.
It was named for Henry Laurens (1724-1792), a South Carolinian who succeeded John Hancock as president of the Second Continental Congress.
The county seat is the city of Laurens (pop. 9,139).
Andrew Johnson, a North Carolina native who became the 17th president of the United States, was a tailor in Laurens in the 1820s.
The Capitol Theatre (1926) in Laurens has first-run movies, concerts, and other events.
Singer James “J.T.” Taylor, best known as lead singer of Kool & the Gang, grew up in Laurens.
The city of Clinton (pop. 8,490) is the home of Presbyterian College, a private, liberal-arts college founded in 1880. It has about 1,300 students
The town of Fountain Inn (pop. 6,017), partly in Greenville County, was the hometown of one-legged tap dancer Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates (1907-1998).
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