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Strom Thurmond, Sr
Original name: James Thurmond
Birth: Dec. 5, 1902
Edgefield
Edgefield County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 2003
Edgefield
Edgefield County
South Carolina, USA

US Senator. Well known for his segregationist views for the better first half of his life, Former Sen. Thurmond retired January 5, 2003 after an unprecedented 48 years (eight terms) in office. His total political career spanned seven decades in all. Born December 5, 1902, he was a 1923 graduate of Clemson College. He served as the local school superintendent before becoming his state's senator in 1932 and governor in 1946. Thurmond also served in the Army during World War II. Staunchly conservative and once pro-segregation, his political views changed in the latter part of his career. In 1964, he switched from a Democratic status to Republican when Democrats became more supportive of civil rights issues. His views changed, however, when more Southern blacks started voting, and his political agenda changed. He was the first Southern senator to appoint a black aide, supported a black Southern federal judge, and voted for a national day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (bio by: M. Palmer) 
 
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 Parents:
  John William Thurmond (1862 - 1934)
  Eleanor Gertrude Strom Thurmond (1870 - 1958)
 
 Spouse:
  Jean Crouch Thurmond (1926 - 1960)*
 
 Children:
  Essie Mae Washington Williams (1925 - 2013)*
  Nancy Moore Thurmond (1971 - 1993)*
 
 Siblings:
  John William Thurmond (1900 - 1984)*
  Strom Thurmond (1902 - 2003)
  Anna Gertrude Thurmond (1904 - 2000)*
  Allen George Thurmond (1907 - 1993)*
  Martha Evelyn Thurmond Bishop (1909 - 2003)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Edgefield Village Cemetery
Edgefield County
South Carolina, USA
 
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Originally Created by: M. Palmer
Record added: Jun 26, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7623767
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- Butterflyy
 Added: Jan. 11, 2014
Strom Thurmond, Sr its still amazing me that you became the oldest senator in United States history at 101. Happy 111th Birthday Senator Thurmond!
- MFPS
 Added: Dec. 5, 2013

- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Dec. 5, 2013
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