John C. Stennis
|John C. Stennis|
|President pro tempore of the United States Senate|
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
|Deputy||George J. Mitchell|
|Preceded by||Strom Thurmond|
|Succeeded by||Robert Byrd|
|Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services|
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1981
|Preceded by||Richard Russell|
|Succeeded by||John Tower|
|United States Senator
November 5, 1947 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Theodore Bilbo|
|Succeeded by||Trent Lott|
|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives|
|Born||John Cornelius Stennis
August 3, 1901
Kemper County, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||April 23, 1995
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Children||John Hampton Stennis
Margaret Jane Stennis Womble
|Alma mater||Mississippi A&M University
University of Virginia
John Cornelius Stennis (August 3, 1901 – April 23, 1995) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Mississippi. He was a Democrat who served in the Senate for over 41 years, becoming its most senior member for his last eight years. He retired from the Senate in 1989.
While attending law school, Stennis won a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives, holding office from 1928 to 1932. After serving as a prosecutor and state judge, Stennis won a special election to fill the Senate vacancy that arose following the death of Theodore G. Bilbo. He won election to a full term in 1952 and remained in the Senate until he declined to seek re-election in 1988. Stennis became the first Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and also chaired the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Appropriations. He also served as President pro tempore of the Senate from 1987 to 1989. In 1973, President Richard Nixon proposed the Stennis Compromise, whereby the hard-of-hearing Stennis would be allowed to listen to and summarize the Watergate tapes, but this idea was rejected by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Stennis was a zealous supporter of racial segregation. He signed the Southern Manifesto, which called for resistance to the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. He also voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. He supported the extension of the Voting Rights Act in 1982 but voted against the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.
Stennis was the son of Hampton Howell Stennis and Margaret Cornelia Adams. His great-grandfather John Stenhouse emigrated to Greenville, South Carolina from Scotland just before the American Revolution. According to family lore, the local residents would habitually mispronounce his name, forcing him to legally change it to Stennis.
John Stennis was born into a middle-class family in Kemper County, Mississippi. He received a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University in Starkville (then Mississippi A&M) in 1923. In 1928, Stennis obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Psi, and Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity. While in law school, he won a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives, in which he served until 1932. Stennis was a prosecutor from 1932 to 1937 and a circuit judge from 1937 to 1947, both for Mississippi's Sixteenth Judicial District.
Stennis married Coy Hines, and together, they had two children, John Hampton and Margaret Jane. His son, John Hampton Stennis (1935–2013), an attorney in Jackson, Mississippi, ran unsuccessfully in 1978 for the United States House of Representatives, defeated by the Republican Jon C. Hinson, then the aide to U.S. Representative Thad Cochran.
Upon the death of Senator Theodore Bilbo in 1947, Stennis won the special election to fill the vacancy, winning the seat from a field of five candidates (including two sitting Congressmen, John E. Rankin and William M. Colmer). He won the seat in his own right in 1952, and was reelected five times. From 1947 to 1978, he served alongside James Eastland; thus Stennis spent 31 years as Mississippi's junior senator even though he had more seniority than most of his colleagues. He and Eastland were at the time the longest serving Senate duo in American history, later broken by the South Carolina duo of Strom Thurmond and Fritz Hollings. He later developed a good relationship with Eastland's successor, Republican Thad Cochran.
Leading up to the 1948 Democratic National Convention, Stennis supported the drafting of General Dwight D. Eisenhower as the Democratic nominee amid wide-ranging suspicion that President Truman could not win re-election, considering Eisenhower an acceptable candidate to Southerners.
In July 1948, the Senate voted on anti-poll tax legislation, Stennis stating that Congress did not have the constitutional authority to enact such a measure, charging it with being brought up for debate as a result of political expediency.
On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to "condemn" Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy on two counts by a vote of 67 to 22. Two days later, Stennis advocated for the Senate to adopt rule changes proposed by the Special Censure Committee.
In January 1958, Senators received a report on the development of intermediate and intercontinental missiles from Bernard A. Schriever. During two interviews after its release, Stennis should attention should be placed on the speed of production and he was satisfied with the contents of the report pertaining to the development of PGM-17 Thor.
In May 1958, responding to President Eisenhower placing the Arkansas National Guard under federal control and sending in the 101st Airborne Division who escorted and protected nine black students' entry to the all-white public school Little Rock Central High School, Stennis announced he had challenged the legality of guardsmen payment there. Stennis stated the Eisenhower administration had violated both the U.S. Constitution and federal laws, also noting that he did not believe President Eisenhower to be "reckless nor mischievous".
During the 1960 presidential election, Stennis advocated for Mississippi voters to back Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy in place of independent electors. Mississippi was won by unpledged electors in the general election.
Stennis wrote the first Senate ethics code, and was the first chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. In August 1965, Stennis protested the Johnson administration's emergency supplemental appropriation request for the Vietnam War. In August 1967, Stennis advocated for both an increase and expansion in bombing of North Vietnam for a hastening of what he believed would be the war's conclusion, adding that the implementation of either bombing pause or restrictions on bombing had the possibility of being a mistake. In July 1969, Stennis proposed diving South Vietnam into two zones and one would be used for the United States to attempt ending the war. In December, Stennis supported the creation of a special commission by President Nixon with the intent of investigating alleged Vietnamese civilian slayings at the hands of American soldiers.
On February 12, 1970, White House Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler stated that President Nixon was in favor of the North and South being treated equally on the issue of segregation, refusing to interpret his remarks as an endorsement of the Stennis amendment. Several days later, on February 18, the Senate voted 56 to 36 in favor of the Stennis amendment, Stennis afterward stating that the vote was "a landmark...a new gateway ...a turning point." Stennis admitted he did not expect a difference in the temperament of the South, but that it could potentially lead to the North understanding the importance of the issue to southerners in having to maintain the same policy. Around the same time, Stennis sponsored an amendment requiring "equal treatment of schools segregated by law (de jure) and those segregated as a result of residential pat terns (de facto.)" It was rejected by the Senate on April 1.
In 1971, Stennis sponsored a measure to enforce school de segregation laws in areas where segregation had been caused by residential patterns and in communities where segregation had been sanctioned by law. Stennis stated that the measure would eliminate what he called a double standard where Southern schools were forced to integrate their communities or face a loss of federal aid while Northern schools were allowed to remain segregated. The policy, noted for its similarity to the amendment sponsored by Stennis the previous year, was passed in the Senate on April 22 in a 44 to 34 vote.
In July 1972, Stennis stated it was essential that Congress appropriate 20.5 million for the funding of military supplies and research to meet the basic requirements for the national defense program.
In January 1973, Stennis was shot twice outside his Washington home by two teenage muggers. In October of that year, during the Watergate scandal, the Nixon administration proposed the Stennis compromise, wherein the hard-of-hearing Stennis would listen to the contested Oval Office tapes and report on their contents, but this plan went nowhere. Time magazine ran a picture of John Stennis that read: "Technical Assistance Needed." The picture had his hand cupped around his ear.
In February 1977, after President Carter selected Paul Warnke as his nominee for Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Stennis announced that Warnke had agreed to testify before the Armed Services Committee. On April 16, President Carter announced his approval for full or substantial funding of the Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway. The New York Times wrote that Carter's approval had prevented him from "having to fight with" Stennis, Eastland, and John J. Sparkman. In June, Stennis authorized a request by Colorado Democrat Gary Hart to delay hearings on the promotion of Donn A. Starry to United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Starry was later confirmed to the position. In July, President Carter sent Stennis a letter stating his decision on deployment would come after he received reports on the neutron bomb from the Pentagon and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. After the November death of Arkansas Senator John L. McClellan, Stennis was seen as a potential chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee in the event Warren Magnuson not attempt to take the position himself.
In April 1978, after President Carter announced a halt on production of neutron weapons, Stennis was noted as one of the senators dissatisfied with the decision. In July, Stennis introduced an amendment to the Endangered Species Act that would authorize any head of a government agency to be able to decide whether the individual's agency had a project that outweighed the importance of preserving a species. The amendment was defeated 76 to 22.
In October, the Carter administration disclosed that President Carter had reversed his choice to not approve construction of the large nuclear‐powered aircraft carrier. Carter was said to have personally assured Stennis he would not veto the carrier.
In April 1970, in response to the Nixon administration's choice to back efforts by the South Vietnamese in Cambodia, senators made moves toward ending funding for American military aid there. Stennis and Michigan Senator Robert P. Griffin described the operation as one limited in scale and with the purpose of destroying sanctuaries of the North Vietnamese and Vietcong in Cambodia on the South Vietnam border.
On May 12, 1971, Stennis introduced legislation curbing the ability of the president to commit the US to war without congressional consent. Stennis called the choice to declare war "too big a decision for one mind to make and too awesome a responsibility for one man to bear" and that he was aiming for Congress to give consideration to the idea posed in his measure for roughly a year before drafting any legislation. The introduction of the measure was viewed "as one of those potentially historic moments when the action of one man can turn the tide of policy." Later that month, the Senate rejected legislation designed to prohibit assignments of draftees to combat in Vietnam after the end of the year without consent on the part of the draftees. Stennis said the legislation would have caused the creation of two classes of soldiers where one group could fight and the other could not while arguing that any army unit "would be rendered inoperative if each man's record had to be reviewed by the commanders before they acted in an emergency."
In March 1972, John D. Lavelle was relieved of duty as commander of the Seventh Air Force in Southeast Asia due to alleged misconduct over bombing missions in Vietnam, President Nixon announcing the appointment of Creighton W. Abrams as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army by Nixon in June. A week later, during a Senate floor speech, Stennis announced a full hearing would be conducted around the pending retirement of Lavelle, his announcement coming in light of new testimony linking Creighton W. Abrams to an unauthorized bombing of North Vietnam. The move by Stennis was viewed as serving "to complicate further an already intricate series of changes at the top of the Army's command structure." On September 13, Stennis said there was a conflict in the testimony of Abrams and Lavelle regarding the intricacies of the strikes, specifying the difference in who was behind them and their planning. This difference, he stated, would need further inspection from the committee, declining to specify the particular conflict in their account while speaking to newsmen. Later that month, Lavelle sent Stennis a letter detailing his activities and other information pertaining to the case.
At the end of January 1978, Stennis announced his opposition to the Panama Canal treaties, citing their causing the US to withdrawal from the Canal Zone too rapidly, a move that he furthered would leave the US "highly uncertain what is going to happen down there". On September 27, 1979, President Carter signed the Panama Canal Act of 1979 into law, saying in part, "I particularly want to thank Senators Stennis and Levin and Congressmen Murphy, Bowen, and Derwinski for their outstanding leadership in resolving the many difficult issues embodied in this act."
In July 1978, the Senate voted to approve the construction of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and military spending bill authorizing the Pentagon to spend 36 billion for weapons. Stennis stated his hope and prediction "that this will be the last bill that will have a carrier of this type".
By May 1979, the New York Times wrote that Stennis was one of the moderate senators who would swing the vote on the SALT II treaty and along with West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd was viewed as "possibly timing their decisions to influence other waverers".
In early 1981, Stennis was replaced by John Tower as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Virginia Senator John Warner said, "With no disrespect to Senator John Stennis, our former chairman, John Tower will provide a more vigorous thrust to the committee."
In spring 1981, Stennis predicted there would be larger opposition to military spending in the event of new proposals in favor of more funds being allocated. The New York Times referred back to Stennis in July when Senator Mark Hatfield conducted his first detailed foray into military spending as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In a Senate floor speech, Stennis warned that "great pressure" to an increase would persist with continued showing of a deficit in the federal budget and Americans would stop supporting the military and its budget "if our military forces do not show real improvement without damaging the health of our economy."
In June 1982, Stennis was renominated for a seventh term, defeating Charles Pittman and radio station owner Colon Johnston in a wide margin. Stennis faced political operative Haley Barbour in the general election. Supporters of Barbour poked fun at Stennis' age, an issue that the senator made self-deprecating comments in regards to on the trail. President Reagan met with Stennis during the general election and promised he would not campaign for Barbour, despite Reagan taping an ad for Barbour attacking Stennis for his age.
Stennis was named President pro tempore of the United States Senate during the 100th Congress (1987–1989). During his Senate career he chaired, at various times, the Select Committee on Standards and Conduct, and the Armed Services, and Appropriations Committees.
A dinner in honor of Stennis was held on June 23, 1988 in the Sheraton Ballroom of the Sheraton-Washington Hotel. President Reagan delivered an address praising Stennis for his service in the Senate and announced "as an expression of the Nation's gratitude for the public service of the man we honor tonight, the Navy's next nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, CVN-74, will be christened the U.S.S. John C. Stennis."
Civil rights record
Originally, Stennis was an ardent supporter of racial segregation. In the 1950s and 1960s, he vigorously opposed the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights Act of 1968; he signed the Southern Manifesto of 1956, supporting filibuster tactics to block or delay passage in all cases.
Earlier, as a prosecutor, he sought the conviction and execution of three sharecroppers whose murder confessions had been extracted by torture, including flogging. The convictions were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of Brown v. Mississippi (1936) that banned the use of evidence obtained by torture. The transcript of the trial indicated Stennis was fully aware that the suspects had been tortured.
Later in his political career, Stennis supported one piece of civil rights legislation, the 1982 extension of the Voting Rights Act, which passed in the Senate by an 85–8 vote. A year later, he voted against establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday. Stennis campaigned for Mike Espy in 1986 during Espy's successful bid to become the first black Congressman from the state since the end of Reconstruction.
Opposition to Bork
Stennis opposed President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. On October 23, 1987, Stennis voted with six Republicans and all but two Democrats to defeat Bork's nomination.
In 1982, his last election, Stennis easily defeated Republican Haley Barbour in a largely Democratic year. Declining to run for re-election in 1988, Stennis retired in 1989, having never lost an election. He took a teaching post at his alma mater, Mississippi State University, working there until his death in Jackson, Mississippi, at the age of 93.
At the time of Stennis's retirement, his continuous tenure of 41 years and 2 months in the Senate was second only to that of Carl Hayden. (It has since been surpassed by Robert Byrd, Strom Thurmond, Ted Kennedy, Daniel Inouye and Patrick Leahy, leaving Stennis seventh).
Stennis is buried at Pinecrest Cemetery in Kemper County.
- John C. Stennis Space Center
- John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development
- John C. Stennis National Student Congress of the National Forensic League
- John C. Stennis Lock and Dam
- John C. Stennis Institute of Government
- John C. Stennis Scholarship in Political Science
- John C. Stennis Vocational Complex
- USS John C. Stennis Aircraft carrier and Carrier Strike Group
- John C. Stennis Oral History Collection at Mississippi State University in Starkville
- John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in Dekalb, Mississippi
- Stennis International Airport
- "The Stenhouse - Stennis Family" (PDF). Lauderdale County (MS) Department of Archives & History. Retrieved 21 October 2014.[permanent dead link]
- Stennis Space Center, Stennis History, NASA.gov, accessed Oct 14, 2009
- Alpha Chi Rho Distinguished Alumni Archived 2009-09-07 at the Wayback Machine., AlphaChiRho.org, accessed 29 June 2010
- "Chicago | Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- Zwiers, Maarten (2015). Senator James Eastland: Mississippi's Jim Crow Democrat (Making the Modern South). LSU Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0807160015.
- Senate Girds For Filibuster (July 29, 1948)
- United States Senate, Historical Office. "The Censure Case of Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin (1954)". Retrieved January 4, 2010.
- Revamping of Senate Rules Being Urged (December 4, 1954)
- "Missiles Head Calls For Speedup". Reading Eagle. January 9, 1958.
- Nichol, David (2007). A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-4150-9.
- "Guard Payment Challenged By Sen. Stennis". Gadsden Times. May 31, 1958.
- "Candidates Push Campaigns; Both Claim Southern Votes". Gettysburg Times. August 20, 1960.
- "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- "Stennis Agrees to Study of Charges Against Long". New York Times. June 8, 1967.
- Hormats, Robert (2007). The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars. New York: Times Books Henry Holt and Company. p. 213. ISBN 9780805082531.
- "Congressional leaders Would step up bombing". The Daily Banner. August 9, 1967.
- "Stennis Proposes Creation Of 2 Zones in South Vietnam". New York Times. July 7, 1969.
- "Stennis Urges a Panel Study of Vietnam Slayings". New York Times. December 8, 1969.
- Naughton, James M. (February 13, 1970). "PRESIDENT HINTS HE BACKS STENNIS ON SCHOOLS ISSUE". New York Times.
- Weaver, Jr., Warren (February 19, 1970). "SENATE, 56‐36, VOTES CURB ON DE FACTO SEGREGATION STENNIS HAILS 'LANDMARK'". New York Times.
- Hunter, Marjorie (April 2, 1970). "STENNIS REBUFFED IN SCHOOL AID VOTE". New York Times.
- Rosenbaum, David E. "Stennis School Plan Is Backed by Senate". New York Times.
- "Senate takes up defense measure". Eugene Register-Guard. July 24, 1972.
- "Senator John Stennis Mugged and Shot in Front of Cleveland Park Home". Ghostsofdc.org. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- "Democrats Stampede To Rally Behind Carter". The Milwaukee Sentinel. June 11, 1976.
- Gwertzman, Bernard (January 31, 1977). "WARNKE IS SELECTED AS ARMS NEGOTIATOR". New York Times.
- "Armed Services Panel in Senate Says It Will Meet With Warnke". New York Times. February 12, 1977.
- "PRESIDENT, IN SHIFT, FAVORS SOME FUNDS FOR WATER PROJECTS". New York Times. April 16, 1977.
- "Pentagon Officials Reprimand General. for Speech". New York Times. June 18, 1977.
- Langer, Emily (September 1, 2011). "Four-star general Donn A. Starry dies at 86". Washington Post.
- Weinraub, Bernard (July 13, 1977). "Carter Says He Backs Production of Neutron Arms". New York Times.
- Clymer, Adam (December 4, 1977). "Inexorably, Old Guard. Is Changing in Congress". New York Times.
- "PRESIDENT DECIDES TO DEFER PRODUCTION OF NEUTRON WEAPONS". New York Times. April 8, 1978.
- Mohr, Charles. "Senate Defeats Drastic Changes In the Endangered Species Law". New York Times.
- "Carter Reportedly Drops Objection to Large Carrier". New York Times. October 2, 1979.
- Nixon, Richard (April 20, 1970). "126 - Address to the Nation on Progress Toward Peace in Vietnam". American Presidency Project.
- Finney, John W. (April 30, 1970). "SENATORS ANGRY". New York Times.
- "Stennis Seeks War Curb on President". New York Times. May 12, 1971.
- "SENATE BARS CURB ON VIETNAM DUTY". New York Times. May 26, 1971.
- Joe Patrick (December 1997). "Air Force Colonel Jacksel 'Jack' Broughton & Air Force General John D. 'Jack' Lavelle: Testing the Rules of Engagement During the Vietnam War". Vietnam Magazine. HistoryNet.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- "General Misconduct". New York Times. August 19, 2010.
- "Army's top job goes to Abrams". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 21, 1972. p. 1.
- "Confronted With New Testimony, Stennis Orders Full Hearing on Lavelle". New York Times. June 29, 1972.
- "SENATORS ASSERT ABRAMS DISPUTES LAVELLE ON RAIDS". New York Times. September 14, 1972.
- "Excerpts From General Lavelle's Letter to Senator Stennis". New York Times. October 6, 1972.
- Stennis Says 'Will Oppose Canal Treaties' (February 1, 1978)
- "Panama Canal Act of 1979 Statement on Signing H.R. 111 Into Law." American Presidency Project. September 27, 1979.
- "$36 BILLION IN ARMS INCLUDING NAVY F•18 IS VOTED BY SENATE". New York Times. July 12, 1978.
- Smith, Hedrick (May 10, 1979). "Congress Worried Over Soviet". New York Times.
- "SENATOR TOWER GETS POWERFUL NEW POST". New York Times. January 20, 1981.
- "HATFIELD AND OTHERS ASSAIL INEFFICIENCIES IN ARMS PURCHASES". New York Times. July 10, 1981.
- "SKEPTICISM RISING ON REAGAN PLAN FOR INCREASES IN MILITARY SPENDING". New York Times. June 7, 1981.
- "Stennis Easily Captures Nomination to 7th Term". Washington Post. June 2, 1982.
- "AGE ISSUE IS FOCUS OF MISSISSIPPI RACE". New York Times. October 20, 1982.
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- Reagan, Ronald (June 23, 1988). "Remarks at a Dinner Honoring Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi". American Presidency Project.
- Cortner, Richard C. (1986). A Scottsboro Case in Mississippi: The Supreme Court and Brown v. Mississippi. Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1-57806-815-0.
- 91st Congress (1970) (June 22, 1970). "H.R. 4249 (91st)". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- "Senate Session - C-SPAN Video Library". C-spanvideo.org. Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- "McCain "Was Wrong" Voting Against Martin Luther King Holiday; How Other Congressional Members Voted | Republican Ranting". Inkslwc.wordpress.com. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
- "2 U.S. Code § 1103 - Establishment of John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development". LII / Legal Information Institute.
- "Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership". www.stennis.gov.
- "John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development". John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development.
- "STENNIS SCHOLARS". 27 May 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010.
- "John C. Stennis Vocational Complex". 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012.
- The late professor Jimmy G. Shoalmire handled much of the early organizing of the Stennis collection and later briefly worked on Stennis' staff in Washington.
- "Welcome to John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital - A Division of Rush". 28 November 2010. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010.
- Stennis Center for Public Service. "Tribute to John C. Stennis". Retrieved June 16, 2005.
|Wikisource has original works written by or about:
John Cornelius Stennis
- A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with John C. Stennis" is available at the Internet Archive
- Stennis Center for Public Service
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- USS John C. Stennis website
- John C. Stennis Space Center
- NASA Biography
- John C. Stennis Institute of Government
- Biographical Sketch of John C. Stennis, via Mississippi State University
- John C. Stennis at Find a Grave
- United States Congress. "John C. Stennis (id: S000852)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Mississippi
November 5, 1947 – January 3, 1989
Served alongside: James Eastland, Thad Cochran
Richard B. Russell, Jr.
|Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee
|President pro tempore of the United States Senate
Robert C. Byrd
Mark O. Hatfield
|Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee
Warren G. Magnuson
|Dean of the United States Senate
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989