Essie Mae Washington-Williams
|Essie Mae Washington-Williams|
October 12, 1925|
Edgefield, South Carolina, U.S.
|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.
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]
References[change | change source]
- "Strom Thurmond's Daughter, Essie Mae Washington Williams, Dies at 87". WLTX.TV. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
Other websites[change | change source]
- 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
- "South Carolina: Biracial Child Added To Thurmond Monument", New York Times, June 29, 2004
- More about Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Frank Wheaton Official Website