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Thomas Francis EAGLETON

(1929-2007)
Senate Years of Service:
1968-1987
Party:
Democrat

EAGLETON, Thomas Francis, a Senator from Missouri; born in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Mo., September 4, 1929; enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1948 to 1949; graduated, Amherst College 1950; graduated, Harvard Law School 1953; elected circuit attorney of St. Louis, Mo., 1956; elected attorney general of Missouri 1960; elected lieutenant governor of Missouri 1964; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1968 for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1969; subsequently appointed December 28, 1968, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward V. Long for the term ending January 3, 1969; reelected in 1974 and 1980, and served from December 28, 1968, to January 3, 1987; unsuccessful Democratic vice-presidential candidate 1972; lawyer; was a resident of St. Louis, Mo., until his death on March 4, 2007; willed body to Washington University for medical research purposes.

Bibliography

Eagleton, Thomas. Our Constitution and What It Means. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987; Eagleton, Thomas. War and Presidential Power. New York: Liveright, 1974; Sarvis, Will “‘I Enjoyed My Work in the Senate’: An Oral Interview with Thomas F. Eagleton.” Missouri Historical Review 102 (Oct. 2007): 42–57.

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

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