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Birch Evans BAYH

(1928- )
Senate Years of Service:
1963-1981
Party:
Democrat

BAYH, Birch Evans, (father of Evan Bayh), a Senator from Indiana; born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., January 22, 1928; attended the public schools; served in the United States Army 1946-1948; graduated Purdue University School of Agriculture at Lafayette in 1951; attended Indiana State University, Terre Haute, 1952-1953; graduated Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, 1960; was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1961 and commenced practice in Terre Haute; farmer and lawyer; member, State house of representatives 1954-1962, serving as minority leader in 1957 and 1961 and as speaker in 1959; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1962; reelected in 1968 and 1974 and served from January 3, 1963, to January 3, 1981; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980; chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); lawyer practicing in Washington, D.C.

Bibliography

The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law; Bayh, Birch. One Heartbeat Away: Presidential Disability and Succession. Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1968; Bayh, Birch. “The Twenty-fifth Amendment: Dealing with Presidential Disability.” Wake Forest Law Review 30:3 (Fall 1995).

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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