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Thurmond Sets Senate Record

Sen. Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history Sunday in his native Edgefield County, commemorating a town barely older than he is.

The 94-year-old lawmaker ignored a driving rain to participate in festivities honoring the 100th anniversary of the founding of Johnston, a small town about 60 miles west of Columbia.

Sunday marked 41 years and 10 months of service in the Senate for Thurmond, surpassing by one day the record of the late Sen. Carl Hayden, who served 41 years, nine months and 30 days before his retirement in 1969.

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