Thurmond, James Strom

Thurmond, James Strom

December 5, 1902–June 26, 2003


Democrat or Mug-wump: Which will fill seat of great Democratic leader Maybank?

Broadside reprinting letter by A.G. Sloan of Marion, S.C., to the editor of an unidentified newspaper, re: 1954 election for the seat in the U.S. Senate vacated by death of Burnet Rhett Maybank, in which Edgar A. Brown ran against J. Strom Thurmond. Thurmond defeated Brown in the primary, becoming the first person in U.S. history to be elected to a major office by write-in ballot. Originally, the term mugwumps signified Republicans who supported Democratic Party candidate Grover Cleveland in the 1884 Presidential election.

Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Title Thurmond, James Strom
  • Coverage December 5, 1902–June 26, 2003
  • Author
  • Keywords U.S. senator, governor, superintendent of the Edgefield County schools, member of the 82d Airborne Division, campaigned unapologetically against the “Barnwell Ring,”, garnered positive national attention for dispatching a government prosecutor to Greenville to try the brutal Willie Earle lynching case, leader in the states’ rights movement, “Southern Manifesto”, chairman of the Armed services Committee and president pro tempore of the Senate
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
  • URL
  • Access Date June 18, 2024
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update August 25, 2022
Go to Top