Edgefield in Edgefield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
J. Strom Thurmond Birthplace
J. Strom Thurmond, by mid-1997 the longest-serving U.S. Senator in history, was born here to J. William and Gertrude Strom Thurmond Dec. 5, 1902. educated at Clemson College, he taught high school 1923-29, was county superintendent of education 1929-33, state senator 1933-38, and circuit judge 1938-42. As a U.S. Army officer 1942-46, he participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and won the Bronze Star.
Thurmond, governor of S.C. 1947-51, ran for president on the States Right Democratic Party ticket in 1948. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1954 as a write-in candidate but resigned his seat in early 1956 to fulfill a promise to voters. He was easily reelected that fall, then again in 1960, 1966, 1972, 1978, 1984, 1990, and 1996. He served as President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate 1981-86 and 1994-present.
Erected 2000 by Edgefield County Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-13.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is December 5, 1824.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edgefield SC 29824, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oakley Park Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Law Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); M60A3 Main Battle Tank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Andrew Pickens (approx. ¼ mile away); George McDuffie (approx. ¼ mile away); Piedmont Technical College, Edgefield Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Town of Edgefield Parking Lot (approx. ¼ mile away); Pierce Mason Butler (approx. ¼ mile away); James Henry Hammond (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edgefield (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgefield.
Also see . . .
1. Strom Thurmond. James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served as governor of South Carolina and as a United States Senator. (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Oral History Interview with Strom Thurmond, July 1978. Strom Thurmond had a long career as an attorney, judge, and governor in South Carolina (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Strom Thurmond on the Issues. Issue by issue, the votes of Strom Thurmond. (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Strom Thurmond, Foe of Integration, Dies at 100. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a central figure in the political transformation of the South and the longest-serving senator in American history, died yesterday in Edgefield, S.C. He was 100. (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Strom Thurmond's family confirms paternity claim. (CNN) -- An attorney for the family of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina confirmed Monday that in 1925, when he was 22, Thurmond fathered a child with a black teenage housekeeper. (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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
— Submitted January 4, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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