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Howard Walter CANNON

(1912-2002)
Senate Years of Service:
1959-1983
Party:
Democrat

CANNON, Howard Walter, a Senator from Nevada; born in St. George, Washington County, Utah, January 26, 1912; graduated from Arizona State Teachers College in 1933, and University of Arizona Law School in 1937; admitted to the bar in Arizona in 1937, Utah in 1938, and Nevada in 1946; reference attorney, Utah State senate in 1939; elected county attorney of Washington County, Utah, in 1940; during the Second World War served in the United States Army in 1941 and the United States Army Air Corps 1942-1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel; served in the Air Force Reserve and retired as a major general; elected city attorney of Las Vegas, Nev., in 1949 and served for four consecutive terms; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958; reelected in 1964, 1970 and 1976 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1983; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1982; chairman, Joint Committee on Inaugural Arrangements (Ninety-second Congress), Select Committee on Standards and Conduct (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses), Committee on Rules and Administration (Ninety-third through Ninety-fifth Congresses), Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (Ninety-fourth Congress), Joint Committee on Library (Ninety-fifth Congress), Joint Committee on Printing (Ninety-fifth Congress), Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 5, 2002; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Bibliography

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives; Gilbertson, John. “Plane Politics: Lyndon Johnson, Howard Cannon, and Nevada’s 1964 Senatorial Election.” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 46 (Winter 2003): 257-85; Titus, A. Costandina. “Howard Cannon, the Senate and Civil-Rights Legislation, 1959-1968.” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 33 (Winter 1990): 13-29; Venetti, Michael. Senator Howard Canon of Nevada: A Biography. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008.

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

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