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Strom Thurmond was a U.S. senator known for his pro-segregation policies and long-running tenure in Congress. It was later revealed he had a biracial daughter.
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Strom Thurmond died on June 26, 2003, in the town of his birth. A few months after his death it was revealed that at the age of 22 he had fathered a daughter. The mother was Carrie Butler, who as a 16-year-old African-American domestic worker had a job with his family. Her daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, was introduced to her father during her teens; she received financial support from Thurmond and visited his offices during her life,
though she ardently disagreed with his segregationist policies.
Williams later penned the 2005 book Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond. She died on February 4, 2013 at 87 years old.
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