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Strom Thurmond, Oldest US Senator, Segregationist Dixiecrat, Dies, 100

Strom Thurmond, the longest serving Senator in United States history, has died, aged 100.

ThurmondThurmond served 48 years in the US Senate, from 1954 until January 2003, first as a Democrat and then as a Republican.

A former Governor of South Carolina, Thurmond ran for President in 1948 as a Dixiecrat, losing to Harry Truman, but breaking the Democrats political hold on the South.

His stance as an opponent of racial integration contributed to the political realignment of the South, with implications still being felt today. [Read more…]