One has to wonder what this nation could have done with even the interest on that money if the attacks were prevented. Safety comes at a very high price both in capital and humanity.
His ancestry included English and German. Thurmond had the ability to ride ponies, horses, and bulls from an early age and his home was frequently visited by congressmen, senators, and judges who would follow his father back to the house. At six years old, Thurmond had an encounter with South Carolina Senator Benjamin Tillmanwho questioned why he would not shake his hand when the two were introduced to each other by Thurmond's father.
Thurmond remembered the handshake as the first political skill he had learned, and continued the pattern of greeting with a handshake throughout his career.
Thurmond graduated in with a degree in horticulture. After Thurmond's death inan attorney for his family confirmed that inwhen he was 22, Thurmond fathered a mixed-race daughter, Essie Mae Washingtonwith his family's year-old housekeeper, Carrie Butler.
Thurmond paid for his daughter's college education and provided other support. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. August Learn how and when to remove this template message After college, Thurmond worked as a farmer, teacher and athletic coach untilwhen at age 27 he was appointed as Edgefield County 's superintendent of education, serving until Thurmond studied law with his father as a legal apprentice and was admitted to the South Carolina bar in He was appointed as the Edgefield Town and County attorney, serving from to In Thurmond was elected to the South Carolina Senate and represented Edgefield until he was elected to the Eleventh Circuit judgeship.
Rooseveltfavoring Roosevelt's argument that the federal government could be used to assist citizens in their daily plights. Thurmond raised money for Roosevelt and, following Roosevelt's victory over President Herbert Hoovertraveled to Washington to attend Roosevelt's inauguration. In Novemberofficers arrived at the Logue family home to arrest Sue Logue and her brother-in-law for their hiring of the hit man that murdered Davis Timmerman.
George Louge and Fred Dorn ambushed the officers after they were allowed entry into the home, the sheriff and deputy both being fatally wounded by the duo. Thurmond, who learned of the shooting while attending a morning church service, became concerned of further violence and drove to the home.
There, he removed his jacket and vest while turning his pockets inside out to show that he was without a weapon, then walked inside the home and confronted a Logue family friend that had aimed a shotgun at him. Thurmond persuaded Sue Logue to surrender with the promise that he would secure her safe passage through the hostile crowd that had assembled outside following the murders of the officers.
His act was the subject of a multitude of stories in South Carolina newspapers for the following days. Cohodas wrote that the incident increased public perception of Thurmond as a determined and gritty individual and contributed to his becoming a political celebrity within the state.
He retired from the U. Army Reserve with the rank of major general. Governor of South Carolina[ edit ] Statue of Thurmond outside the South Carolina State Capitol Strom Thurmond as Governor Thurmond's political career began under Jim Crow laws that effectively disenfranchised almost all blacks from voting, at a time when they constituted the majority of the state's population.
Running as a Democrat in the one-party state, Thurmond was elected Governor of South Carolina inlargely on the promise of making state government more transparent and accountable by weakening the power of a group of politicians from Barnwell which Thurmond dubbed the Barnwell Ringled by House Speaker Solomon Blatt.
Many voters considered Thurmond a progressive for much of his term, in large part due to his influence in gaining the arrest of the perpetrators of the lynching of Willie Earle.
Truman ordered the end of racial discrimination in the U. Army,   proposed the creation of a permanent Fair Employment Practices Commissionsupported the elimination of state poll taxes which effectively discriminated against poor blacks and whites in votingand supported drafting federal anti- lynching laws.
In response, Thurmond became a candidate for president on the third party ticket of the States' Rights Democratic Party also known as the Dixiecrats. It split from the national Democrats over the threat of federal intervention in state affairs regarding segregation and Jim Crow.
Thurmond's supporters took control of the Democratic Party in the Deep South, and Truman was not included on the presidential ballot in Alabama because that state's Supreme Court ruled void any requirement for party electors to vote for the national nominee.
Wallace would lead the U. During his campaign, Thurmond said the following in a speech, being met with loud cheers by the assembled supporters: After Thurmond missed a party meeting in December of that year in which the States' Rights Democratic Party announced the creation of a state's rights institute in Washington, columnist John Temples Graves, disappointed in Thurmond's absence, opined that his campaign had been the best argument that the States' Rights Democratic Party was a national movement centered around the future of liberty and restrained government.
Thurmond concurrently received counsel from Walter Brown and Robert Figgs to break from the party and seek reclaiming credentials that would validate him in the minds of others as a liberal.
Biographer Joseph Crespino observed that Thurmond was aware that he could neither completely abandon the Democratic Party as it embraced the civil rights initiative of the Truman administration nor let go of his supporters within the States' Rights Democratic Party, who he courted for support in his campaign for the Senate.United States Government.
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