March 29, 1991 |
Sen. Strom Thurmond (R., S.C.) and his wife since 1968, Nancy, have split, they announced yesterday. The couple, married when she was 22 and he was 66, have four children, ages 15 to 19. They made separate statements, but neither indicated that a divorce was brewing. "At this point I would like to be able to pursue several career options and some measure of independence," said Nancy, 44. "I care deeply for Strom. . . . Public life carries with it heavy responsibilities, loneliness, extreme pressures, stress and family sacrifices, often with devastating consequences.
March 15, 2001 |
Rarely has the health of a U.S. senator so engaged the attention of all of his colleagues, the White House and political operatives from both parties in Washington and back in his home state. But never before has the upper house of Congress experienced such a combination of circumstances as it does now. The Senate is evenly split - 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats - with GOP Vice President Dick Cheney holding the tiebreaking vote. And his health is far from certain, given his long history of heart disease and a recent angioplasty.
December 16, 2003 |
She was smart, attractive, a student leader, an accomplished public speaker. Essie Mae Washington was among the bright lights in the Class of 1945 at S. Horace Scott High School in the Chester County steel town of Coatesville. She was also the secret daughter of Strom Thurmond - the product of a sexual union between the 22-year-old son of the most prominent family in Edgefield, S.C., and the 16-year-old black girl who cleaned the family's house. Thurmond's relatives stepped forward yesterday, six months after his death at age 100, to acknowledge that Washington, now 78 and using the married name of Williams, was, indeed, the senator's child.
October 8, 1999 |
Just last month, after his third visit to the hospital in a few weeks, 96-year-old U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond strode out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, got in a car, and went to work. He didn't stop at his condo, he didn't take a few days off. Instead, the South Carolina Republican, still weak and fatigued from a recent prostate operation, went directly to his Senate office. The oldest and longest-serving senator in American history still lives alone. He goes to work nearly every day, and at an age when many would be content to take it easy, he rarely misses a vote.
January 22, 2004
I'M WRITING to complain about the utter insensitivity of the article you printed about Charlotte, N.C., and the Panthers. (It appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer.) I am a former resident of suburban Philadelphia, and have lived in Pinehurst, N.C., for five years. I am still a fan of the Philadelphia teams, Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers. And I am absolutely appalled at the audacity of your reporter to write what appeared in his article. I'm also a bit flabbergasted that your editors would print such nonsense.
February 7, 2013
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, 87, the mixed-race daughter of onetime segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years, died Sunday of natural causes in Columbia, S.C. She was the daughter of Thurmond and his family's 16-year-old black maid. The identity of her famous father had been rumored for decades in political circles and the black community. She later said she kept his secret because "he trusted me, and I respected him. " She was born in 1925 and was raised in Coatesville by her mother's sister and the sister's husband, Mary and John Washington.
December 27, 2003 |
Editor's Note: The following was published in Slate, the online magazine, shortly after the death of Strom Thurmond this past summer. The Daily News is republishing the piece following Essie Mae Washington Williams' recent announcement that she is Thurmond's daughter. In all the words spent on Strom Thurmond's life and times since his death, I saw no acknowledgment of the most interesting of his sundry racial legacies. She is Essie Mae Washington Williams, a widowed former school teacher in her 70s, living in Los Angeles.
February 13, 1990 |
Ordinarily, a person of his advanced years would be considered too old to run for public office, acknowledges South Carolina Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond. But, as he asserts - and state voters seem to agree - Thurmond, at 87, is no ordinary octogenarian. "Physically, I'm probably in my 50s," he boasts. He spends nearly an hour every morning jogging, exercising and lifting weights. "Feel those muscles," he said, flexing his right arm in front of a visitor. Thurmond, the oldest member of Congress, officially announced his candidacy for re-election yesterday, 36 years after he was elected to the Senate on a write-in ballot in 1954.
December 5, 2002 |
As he turns 100 years old today, Sen. Strom Thurmond - onetime presidential candidate, former segregationist, famed connoisseur of beautiful women - may be best known just for hanging on. But both his supporters and detractors say that is not fair to Thurmond, a South Carolina Republican. For while his legislative achievements are scant, his impact on American politics was enormous, and reverberates to this day. Thurmond - older than the airplane, older than the World Series - is the oldest person ever to serve in the Senate.
August 12, 1986 |
Unfurl the flags, and run them up the flagpoles. Let the church bells peal, and the choirs sing hosannas. And while you're at it, give me a drum roll. I have an astonishing announcement. Strom Thurmond did a witty thing. What? You're not surprised? You don't think that's a big deal? You don't know Strom Thurmond then. Strom Thurmond is the Republican senator from South Carolina (He used to be a Democratic senator, but he lost his heart to Barry Goldwater). He is famous for two things: running for president against Harry Truman in 1948 as a fourth party candidate, and not being witty.