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Essie Mae Washington-Williams
|Died||February 4, 2013
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Julius T. Williams
(1948–1964; his death)
|Parent(s)||Strom Thurmond (father)
Carrie Butler (mother)
Essie Mae Washington-Williams (October 12, 1925 – February 4, 2013) was an American school teacher. She is best known as the oldest and natural child of Strom Thurmond, Governor of South Carolina and longtime United States Senator.
Williams was born on October 12, 1925 in Edgefield, South Carolina to Strom Thurmond and his family's 16-year-old African American servant, Carrie Butler. She studied at New York University and the University of South Carolina.
Marriage and family
Williams was married to Julius T. Williams from 1948 until his death in 1964. They had four children.
- Gross, Terry, "'Dear Senator', from Strom Thurmond's Daughter", Interview, National Public Radio, February 1, 2005.
- Rather, Dan, "Essie Mae Washington-Williams", Interview, CBS 60 Minutes II, December 17, 2003
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