Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Born December 5, 1902 in Edgefield, South Carolina, Strom Thurmond provided nearly a century of service to the Palmetto State and to this nation. Highlights of his extraordinary life include:
Participation in the D-Day Invasion June 6, 1944 (World War II); five Battle Stars and eighteen military awards and decorations; the only person in American history to be elected to the United States Senate by write-in vote - 1954; the longest serving member and the oldest person ever to serve in the United States Senate.
Presidential Citizens Medal presented by President Ronald W. Reagan. Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President George H.W. Bush. The Order of the Palmetto.
Senator John Courson
Senator John Drummond
Senator Kay Patterson
Rep. Rebecca Davis Meacham
Rep. Michael S. Whatley
Rep. John M. Knotts, Jr.
Judge Marion H. Kinon
James Egerton Burroughs
Martha C. Edens
Dr. Warren H. Abernathy
Teacher and Athletic Coach
County Superintendent of Education
City and County Attorney
South Carolina Circuit Judge
Governor of South Carolina
Major General, United States Army Reserve
United States Senator
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman, Senate Armed Forces Committee
President Pro Tempore, United States Senate
The father of five children:
Nancy Moore - J. Strom Jr. - Juliana Gertrude - Paul Reynolds
Erected 1999 by the Strom Thurmond Monument Committee.
Location. 33° 59.967′ N, 81° 1.966′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Pendleton Street north of Main Street. Click for map. Statue is located on the south side of the S.C.Statehouse grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wade Hampton (a few steps from this marker); Capitol Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Richardson Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Bell Reproduction (within shouting distance of this marker); South Carolina Women of the Confederacy Monument (about 300 feet away, measured Quoin-Stones (about 300 feet away); Sherman’s Artillery (about 400 feet away); African-American History Monument (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . .
1. Strom Thurmond. James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator.
2. SC Governors – James Strom Thurmond, 1947-1951. Thurmond served as governor while a member of the Democratic Party but became a Republican in 1964.
3. The Scarred Stone: The Strom Thurmond Monument. In 2003, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a retired African American schoolteacher from Los Angeles, held a press conference in which she announced that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the longtime U.S. Senator from South Carolina and an icon of racist, reactionary politics in civil rights era America.
4. "Dear Senator," from Strom Thurmond's Daughter. interview by Terry Gross (NPR)
1. James Strom Thurmond (1902-2003)
James Strom Thurmond, a Senator from South Carolina; born in Edgefield, S.C., December 5, 1902; attended the public schools; graduated, Clemson College 1923; taught in South Carolina high schools 1923-1929; Edgefield County superintendent of education 1929-1933; studied law and was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1930; city and county attorney 1930-1938; member, State senate 1933-1938; circuit judge 1938-1946; served in the United States Army 1942-1946, in Europe and in the Pacific; major general, United States Army Reserve; Governor of South Carolina 1947-1951; unsuccessful States Rights candidate for President of the United States in 1948; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1950; practiced law in Aiken, S.C., 1951-1955; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to complete the term of Charles E. Daniel, who resigned, and served from December 24, 1954, to January 3, 1955; had been previously elected as a write-in candidate in November 1954 for the term commencing January 3, 1955, and ending January 3, 1961, but due to a promise made to the voters in the 1954 election, he resigned as of April 4,
2. Thurmond Honors to 1994
Additional keywords. Dixiecrat; William Behrends, sculptor
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Persons •
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