Thurmond released from hospital
September 13, 1999
Web posted at: 11:38 a.m. EDT (1538 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Strom Thurmond was released from Walter Reed Army Medical Center Monday morning and went straight to the Capitol so he could gavel the Senate to order, a spokesman for his office said.
The South Carolina Republican, the oldest-ever and longest-serving senator, was admitted to the hospital Saturday after feeling weak. Thurmond's press secretary, John DeCrosta, said doctors wanted to find out why the 96-year-old Thurmond has been fatigued.
Sen. Strom Thurmond celebrated his 95th birthday in 1997
"Doctors will also evaluate the various medications Thurmond is taking and may decide that changing prescriptions and dosages will assist him," DeCrosta said in a statement released Sunday.
Thurmond has been to the hospital "about five times" in the past three months, DeCrosta said.
The senator collapsed at a reception at the University of South Carolina on August 20 and was hospitalized briefly in Columbia. But he was admitted to Walter Reed two days later complaining of fatigue, and during his stay at Walter Reed, he went ahead with prostate surgery that was originally scheduled for November.
Thurmond was first elected to the Senate in 1954 as a write-in candidate. He became the oldest person to serve in Congress at age 93 in 1996. He became the longest-serving senator ever in May 1997. His current term ends in 2002.
He has been hospitalized briefly several times in recent years, including for a day in Washington after he became dizzy in October 1997. He also spent several days in a military hospital for a respiratory infection that December and earlier that year was hospitalized in Washington recovering from the flu.