• South Carolina senator served six full terms
  • Democrat made brief presidential run in 1984

Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, a silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and served six terms in the US Senate, has died. He was 97. A family spokesman said Hollings died early on Saturday.

Hollings’s career included an unsuccessful bid for the presidential nomination in 1984. He retired in 2005, one of the last of the larger-than-life Democrats who once dominated southern politics. He had served for 38 years and two months, making him the eighth longest-serving senator in history.

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