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 Jean <I>Crouch</I> Thurmond

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Jean Crouch Thurmond

  • Birth 14 Jul 1926 Elko, Barnwell County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 6 Jan 1960 Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 23282781

First wife of Senator James Strom Thurmond
First Lady of South Carolina from 1947 to 1951

She was a 1947 graduate of Winthrop College (now University) in Rock Hill, SC, York County. She was married in the Governor's Mansion in Columbia, SC, Richland County on November 7, 1947. She died from a brain tumor after diagnosis in September 1959 dying 5 months later at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, during her second surgery attempt.

Jean did not have a middle name; named for her mother's double cousin, Jean Griffin Murray, wife of Thomas Pinckney Murray

Note: Large headstone moved to Edgefield after the death of Strom. Unfortunately, was never replaced with a simpler headstone as promised by Thurmond Family; Also, she did not die in Washington, DC: incorrectly stated on marker

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  • Maintained by: Fran Bundy
  • Originally Created by: Matt Park
  • Added: 7 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23282781
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jean Crouch Thurmond (14 Jul 1926–6 Jan 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23282781, citing Bethany Cemetery, Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Fran Bundy (contributor 47078032) .