Strom Thurmond

U.S. Congressperson

1902 – 2003

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Who was Strom Thurmond?

James Strom Thurmond was an American politician who served for 48 years as a United States Senator from South Carolina. He ran for president in 1948 as the States Rights Democratic Party candidate, receiving 2.4% of the popular vote and 39 electoral votes. Thurmond represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 until 2003, at first as a Democrat and, after 1964, as a Republican.

Thurmond switched parties because of his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, disaffection with the liberalism of the national party, and his support for the conservatism and opposition to the Civil Rights bill of the Republican presidential candidate Senator Barry Goldwater. He left office as the only member of either house of Congress to reach the age of 100 while still in office, and as the oldest-serving and longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Thurmond holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress to serve exclusively in the Senate. He is also the longest-serving Republican member of Congress in U.S. history. At 14 years, he was also the longest-serving Dean of the United States Senate in U.S. history.

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Born
Dec 5, 1902
Edgefield
Also known as
  • James Strom Thurmond
  • Senator James Strom Thurmond of South Carolina
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Children
Religion
  • Southern Baptist Convention
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Clemson University
Died
Jun 26, 2003
Edgefield

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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