Theodore Gilmore Bilbo*(October 13, 1877*– August 21, 1947) was an*American politician. Bilbo, a*Democrat, twice served as*governor*ofMississippi*(1916–20, 1928–32) and later was elected a*U.S. Senator*(1935–47).
A master of filibuster and scathing rhetoric, a rough-and-tumble fighter in debate, he made his name a synonym for*white supremacy. Proud of being aracist, Bilbo believed that black people were inferior, defended*segregation, and was a member of the*Ku Klux Klan.
Of short stature (5*ft 2*in, 1.57*m), Bilbo wore flashy clothing, and was nicknamed "The Man" because he tended to refer to himself in the*third person.
Bilbo was the author of*Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization.