posted on Jun, 26 2003 @ 10:26 PM
Good Bye Strom.
"WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a one-time Democratic segregationist who helped fuel the rise of the modern conservative
Republican Party in the South, died Thursday at 100.
Thurmond, whose physical and political endurance were legendary — he holds the record for solo Senate filibustering — retired on Jan. 5, 2003 at the
age of 100 after more than 48 years in office.
His voting record was pro-defense, anti-communist and staunchly conservative. His devotion to constituent services was legendary. He was a lifelong
physical fitness buff, who shunned tobacco and alcohol and was known for his vigorous handshake. He had a storied, lifelong reputation as a ladies
Thurmond's racial politics changed over the years as blacks began voting in large numbers. He became the first Southern senator to hire a black aide,
supported the appointment of a black Southern federal judge and voted to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday. "
Well, I will have to give my condolences to the owner of my old house, his daughter.
[Edited on 27-6-2003 by xaos]