Essie Mae Washington-Williams

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Essie Mae Washington-Williams
Born(1925-10-12)October 12, 1925
DiedFebruary 4, 2013(2013-02-04) (aged 87)
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.

In 2003, she came forward and announced that she was the daughter of United States Senator, Strom Thurmond. Williams said that Thurmond paid for her college. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Early life[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

Williams was married to Julius T. Williams from 1948 until his death in 1964. They had four children.

Death[change | change source]

Williams died on February 4, 2013 in her home in Columbia, South Carolina. She was 87.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Strom Thurmond's Daughter, Essie Mae Washington Williams, Dies at 87". WLTX.TV. Retrieved 5 February 2013.

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