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Thurmond, Strom

Strom Thurmond, born in Edgefield, South Carolina in 1902, is currently serving in his U.S. Senate seat that he has held for more than 40 years. Thurmond graduated from Clemson in 1923, and is the oldest and longest-serving senator in the history of the U.S.. He was elected in 1954, and became the first senator to be elected as a "write in". In 1946, he was elected the governor of South Carolina and in 1948, Strom Thurmond ran for the Presidency of the United States. Although Thurmond began his political career as a member of the Democratic Party, in 1964, he switched parties and became a Republican.