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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…]

Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Strom Thurmond

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Strom Thurmond was a Republican senator from South Carolina. He served from 1956 until 2003. He was initially a Democrat, until he switched to the Republican Party in 1964. He died in 2003, aged 100, the only member of Congress ever to have served at that age.

Statement by Senator Strom Thurmond (Republican – South Carolina)

Mr. Chief Justice, the vote I cast on the articles of impeachment was one of the hardest votes that I have had to make in all my years in the United States Senate, not that I do not think I made the correct decision. While I am saddened that we had to make the judgment we made in this impeachment trial, each of us had a duty to undertake this task, and I do not shirk from duties. [Read more…]