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American Strom THURMOND

born James Strom THURMOND

1st President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate

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Born: on December 05, 1902 in Edgefield, South Carolina, USA
Died: on June 26, 2003 in Edgefield, South Carolina, USA


James Strom Thurmond was born in Edgefield, South Carolina, the son of Eleanor Gertrude (Strom) (July 18, 1870 – January 10, 1958) and John William Thurmond (May 1, 1862 – June 17, 1934), a lawyer. He attended Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina (now Clemson University), where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Thurmond graduated in 1923 with a degree in horticulture.

After Thurmond's death in 2003, an attorney for his family confirmed that in 1925, when he was 22, Thurmond fathered a mixed-race daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, with his family's housekeeper, Cassie Butler, then 16 years old. Thurmond paid for the girl's college education and provided other support.

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