Strom Thurmond

Politician

Birthday December 5, 1902

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Edgefield, SC

DEATH DATE Jun 26, 2003 (100)

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About

Senator from South Carolina who served the state for forty-eight of his 100 years. At the time of his retirement he was the oldest-serving and longest-serving senator in U.S. history.

Before Fame

He worked as a teacher, farmer, coach and attorney.

Trivia

He filibustered for over twenty-four hours in opposition of the Civil Rights act of 1957.

Family Life

His daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, was born due to his affair with his black housekeeper, Cassie Butler, when she was on 16.

Associated With

He became a candidate for president in 1948 when President Harry S. Truman desegregated the U.S. Army.