Clemson University is graduates many U.S. political figures


Individuals who are interested in politics or military history may wish to enroll into Clemson University where Strom Thurmond once attended.

Thurmond was once the longest tenured United States Senator for nearly 50 years. He also has the distinction of the only senator to reach age 100 while still in office.

He conducted the longest filibuster ever by a lone senator in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 at 24 hours and 18 minutes in length, nonstop. A filibuster is a type of parliamentary procedure that gives the right of an individuals to extend debate, allowing a member to delay or prevent a vote on a given proposal.

As for his collegiate life, Thurmond graduated from Clemson in 1923 with a degree in horticulture. He was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He later fought in World War II and was highly decorated. He later retired with the rank of Major General.

In 1948 he ran for president on the third-party ticket of the States' Rights Democratic Party against Harry S. Truman. He supported the creation of a permanent Fair Employment Practices Commission and the elimination of state poll taxes.

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