Nation: THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA

THE persistent man who precipitated the Senate investigation of military "muzzling" is South Carolina's J. (for James) Strom Thurmond, 59, one of the Senate's deepest-dyed conservatives and most colorful characters. Even his colleagues from below the Mason-Dixon Line marvel at Thurmond's passionate devotion to the Southern way of life. "Listen at ole Strom out there," said one Southern Senator while Thurmond was in the midst of a stem-winding segregationist speech a few years ago. "He really believes all that stuff."

He does indeed. Born in Edgefield County, S.C., close by the Georgia line, Strom...

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