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Featured Biographies

Since it first convened in 1789, nearly 2000 individuals have served in the United States Senate. The following featured biographies provide a look at the varied experiences and accomplishments of some of these individuals, highlighting the Senate service of selected U.S. senators.

John Quincy Adams
Image of John Quincy Adams

George Aiken
Senator George Aiken

Nelson Aldrich
Nelson Aldrich by Paul Peter Kiehart

William Boyd Allison
William Allison by Wilbur Aaron Reaser

Henry B. Anthony
Photo of Senator Henry Anthony

David Rice Atchison

Edward Dickinson Baker
Statue of Edward Dickinson Baker

Howard Henry Baker Jr.
Howard Baker, Jr. by Herbert Elmer Abrams

Alben Barkley
Photo of Alben Barkley of Kentucky

Thomas Hart Benton
Photo of Thomas Hart Benton

Hiram Bingham
Photo of Senator Hiram Bingham of Connecticut

Hugo Black
Associate Justice Hugo Black

James G. Blaine

William Blount

William Borah
Photo of Senator William Borah

Joseph L. Bristow
Joseph L. Bristow

Edward Brooke

Blanche K. Bruce
Blanche Kelso Bruce by Simmie Lee Knox

John C. Calhoun
Image of John C. Calhoun

Hattie Wyatt Caraway
Hattie Caraway

Dennis Chavez
Photo of Senator Dennis Chavez

Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark

Henry Clay
Henry Clay by Allyn Cox

Roscoe Conkling
Photo of Senator Roscoe Conkling of New York

John Sherman Cooper
Cooper, John

Norris Cotton
Cotton, Norris

Charles Curtis
Photo of Vice President Charles Curtis

Jefferson Davis
Image of Senator Jefferson Davis

Chauncey M. Depew

Everett McKinley Dirksen
Everett McKinley Dirksen by Richard Hood Harryman

Stephen A. Douglas
[Stephen A. Douglas]

Oliver Ellsworth
Image of Oliver Ellsworth

Sam Ervin
Photo of Sam Ervin

Rebecca Latimer Felton
Rebecca Felton

William P. Fessenden
Senator William P. Fessenden

Ralph E. Flanders

Hiram Fong
Hiram Fong

J. William Fulbright

John Nance Garner
John Nance Garner by Howard Chandler Christy

Walter Franklin George
Senator Walter Franklin George.

Guy Gillette
Photo of Senator Guy Gillette of Iowa

Carter Glass
Photo of Senator Carter Glass

John Glenn
John Glenn

Arthur Pue Gorman

Theodore Francis Green
Senator Theodore Francis Green.

James Grimes
Senator James Grimes

Marcus A. Hanna
Marcus Hanna

Philip A. Hart
Senator Philip Hart (D-MI)

Carl Hayden
Carl Hayden

Gilbert Hitchcock
Photo of Senator Gilbert Hitchcock of Nebraska

George Hoar
George Hoar

Ralph Izard

Hiram Johnson
Hiram Johnson

Nancy L. Kassebaum
Image of Nancy L. Kassebaum

Estes Kefauver
Senate Estes Kefauver at Microphone

John F. Kennedy
Photo of Senator John Kennedy of Massachusetts

Rufus King
Image of Senator Rufus King of New York

Robert La Follette
Robert M. La Follette by Robert Chester La Follette

Octaviano Larrazolo

Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr.
Photo of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

Huey Long
Image: Senator Huey Long

Scott Lucas
Photo of Senator Scott Lucas of Illinois

William Maclay

Willie P. Mangum
Willie P. Mangum by James Reid Lambdin

Mike Mansfield
Mike Mansfield by Aaron Shikler

James Murray Mason
Photo of James Murray Mason

Joseph R. McCarthy
Photo of Senator Joseph McCarthy

Kenneth Douglas McKellar
Senator Kenneth McKellar of Tennessee

Charles McNary
Photo of Charles McNary, Life Magazine

George Mitchell
Photo of Senator George Mitchell of Maine

Justin Morrill
Justin Morrill by Jonathan Eastman Johnson

Wayne L. Morse
Photo of Senator Wayne Morse

Lee Slater Overman
Lee Slater Overman by Unknown

Robert Owen
Photo of Senator Robert Owen of Oklahoma

Timothy Pickering
Image of Timothy Pickering

Orville H. Platt
Photo of Senator Orville Platt of Connecticut

Hiram Revels
Photograph of Senator Hiram Revels

Joseph T. Robinson
Joseph T. Robinson by Nicholas Richard Brewer

Richard Russell
Senator Richard Russell of Georgia

Hugh Scott
Hugh Scott

Morris Sheppard
Morris Sheppard by Boris Bernhard Gordon

John Sherman
Photo of John Sherman of Ohio

James Shields
James Shields

Margaret Chase Smith
Photo of Margaret Chase Smith

Reed Owen Smoot
Reed Owen Smoot

John C. Spooner
Photo of Senator John C. Spooner of Wisconsin

William Sprague
Image of Senator William Sprague of Rhode Island

William Morris Stewart
Senator William Morris Stewart.

Charles Sumner
Charles Sumner by Walter Ingalls

Robert A. Taft
Robert A. Taft by Rudolf Anton Bernatschke

Henry M. Teller
Teller, Henry

Strom Thurmond
Strom Thurmond

Benjamin R. Tillman
Photo of Senator Ben Tillman

Uriah Tracy
Uriah Tracy

Harry Truman
Photo of  Harry Truman

Millard E. Tydings

Oscar Underwood
Photo of Senator Oscar Underwood of Alabama

Arthur Vandenberg
Photo of Senator Arthur Vandenberg

Benjamin Wade
Committee Chairman, Senator Benjamin Wade

Robert Wagner
Photo of Senator Robert Wagner of New York

Thomas J. Walsh
Photo of Senator Thomas Walsh of Montana

Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster by Adrian S. Lamb

Kenneth S. Wherry
Kenneth S. Wherry by Roma Christine Harlan

Henry Wilson
Image: Senator Henry Wilson


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