James Strom Thurmond was born on December 5, 1902 in Edgefield, South Carolina
He has been a senator for one fifth of the entire history of the United States
He was 17 when women were granted the right to vote
When he was first elected to the U.S. Senate, there were only 48 states in the union
He holds the record for the longest filibuster in U.S. Senate history at 24 hours and 18 minutes, in opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Act. He began his filibuster by reading the texts of the election laws of all 48 states.
In 1897, Strom’s father Will shot and killed a political foe who called him a “low, dirty, scoundrel”. He was acquitted after pleading self-defense
He’s old enough to be Bob Dole’s father
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