STROM THURMOND, The Public Man
by Joesph C. Ellers
20 Black and White photographs.
ISBN 10: 0-87844-116-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-87844-116-7
James Strom Thurmond, the second of six Thurmond children, was born December
5, 1902. Strom was born in a house the Thurmonds' owned in Edgefield, South
Carolina. The most important thing Strom and his siblings learned as children
was self-confidence. While attending Clemson Agricultural College (now Clemson
University) he was on the track team. Part of the training for the team
regularly involved distance runs of five to ten miles. On one occasion, Strom
and five of his companions decided to run eighteen miles to the neighboring city
of Anderson. Since they could not use the spiked-soled running shoes common in
those days to run on the paved road they used tennis shoes instead.
Strom’s shoes were new and not broken in. Some five miles into the run, Strom
realized his shoes were rubbing his feet badly but refused to quit. He completed
the entire eighteen-mile run, but as a result of the problem with his shoes, he
lost all his toenails and had to receive medical treatment for weeks. When asked
why he didn’t stop, Strom replied, “If I’d stopped when my feet began to hurt,
we wouldn’t have set a record.” This kind of perseverance in the face of
adversity is a trait Strom has exhibited throughout his life......Joe Ellers,
This biography of Senator Thurmond explores the colorful career of this
whose ideas and actions have helped to shape Southern politics. Joe Ellers has
fortunate to work with and for the senator. In this book, Ellers presents a
positive public evolution of Strom Thurmond and the South.
About the author:
Joseph C Ellers founded a political consulting firm and began working in and managing
political campaigns. In 1975, he held his first public service job when he
headed up the Investigative Council for the City of Clemson, SC. While
continuing his education, Ellers stayed active in campaign management and also
served as the Administrative Aide to State Representative Edward W. Simpson, Jr.
in 1976. In 1981, Ellers was selected as the Administrator for the Town of
Central, SC where he served for almost three years. He served on the
Criminal Justice Advisory Board of Tri-County Technical College.