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Strom Thurmond


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Congressional Bioguide
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1948 Write-in President 1228 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: December 5, 1902 in Edgefield, South Carolina
Married: Jean Crouch (1947-1960), Nancy Janice Moore (1968-1991)
Children: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Nancy Moore Thurmond, James Strom Thurmond Jr., Juliana Gertrude Thurmond Whitmer, Paul Reynolds Thurmond
Died: June 26, 2003 in Edgefield, South Carolina

1930-1938: City and County attorney
1933-1938: Member, South Carolina State Senate
1938-1946: Judge, South Carolina Circuit Court
1947-1951: Governor of South Carolina
1950: (Democratic) Primary Candidate for US Senate [South Carolina]
1954-1964: Member, United States Senate [South Carolina] (Democratic)
1964-2003: Member, United States Senate [South Carolina] (Republican)
1981-1987: President pro tempore, United States Senate
1995-2001: President pro tempore, United States Senate
2001-2003: President pro tempore emeritus, United States Senate

  • AWARD: Presidential Medal of Freedom (1993)
  • In the Presidential election of 1948, Thurmond was the third most successful third-party candidate in US history, winning 2.5% of the popular vote and 39 electoral votes.
  • NOTABLE HISTORY: Thurmond was the oldest person to serve in the US Senate (and the first to serve at age 100), but was not the longest-lived person to ever serve in the Senate. That record is held by California's Cornelius Cole.

Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []