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Ralph Edward FLANDERS

(1880-1970)
Senate Years of Service:
1946-1959
Party:
Republican

FLANDERS, Ralph Edward, a Senator from Vermont; born in Barnet, Caledonia County, Vt., September 28, 1880; moved with his parents to Pawtucket, R.I., in 1886; attended the public schools at Pawtucket, Lincoln, and Central Falls, R.I.; engaged as a machinist apprentice at Providence, R.I., in 1897 and remained in the machine tool industry until his death; moved to Springfield, Vt., in 1910; president of the Federal Reserve Board of Boston 1944-1946; appointed on November 1, 1946, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term ending January 3, 1947, caused by the resignation of Warren R. Austin; elected in 1946 and again in 1952 and served from November 1, 1946, to January 3, 1959; was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; inventor of important developments in the machine tool industry; author of several books and articles on technical and sociological subjects; died in Springfield, Vt., February 19, 1970; cremated in Springfield, Mass., February 23, 1970; ashes deposited in Summer Hill Cemetery, Springfield, Vt.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Flanders, Ralph E. Senator From Vermont. Boston: Little, Brown, 1961; Griffith, Robert. “Ralph Flanders and the Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.” Vermont History 39 (Winter 1971): 5-20.

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

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