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J. Strom Thurmond

J. Strom Thurmond (1947-1951) is Edgefield’s first native son to be Presidential candidate while occupying the Governor’s mansion. James Strom Thurmond was an American politician who served as the 103rd Governor of South Carolina and as a United States Senator.

Strom Thurmond ran for the President of the United States in 1948. He left office as the only senator to reach the age of 100, while still in office and as the oldest-serving and longest-serving senator in U.S. history (although he was later surpassed in the latter by Robert Byrd). Thurmond holds the record for the longest serving Dean of the United States Senate in U.S. history at 14 years.


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