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Benjamin Everett JORDAN

(1896-1974)
Senate Years of Service:
1958-1973
Party:
Democrat

JORDAN, Benjamin Everett, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Ramseur, Randolph County, N.C., September 8, 1896; attended the public schools, Rutherford (N.C.) College Preparatory School in 1912 and 1913, and Trinity College, now Duke University, in 1914 and 1915; during the First World War served overseas with the Tank Corps, United States Army 1918-1919; organized Sellers Manufacturing Co., a textile firm, in 1927 and served as secretary-treasurer and general manager; Democratic national committeeman 1954-1958; member, North Carolina Peace Officers Benefit and Retirement Commission 1943-1958; member, North Carolina Medical Care Commission 1945-1951; chairman, Board of Trustees, Alamance County General Hospital; appointed on April 19, 1958, as a Democrat to the United States Senate, and subsequently elected November 4, 1958, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of W. Kerr Scott in the term ending January 3, 1961; reelected in 1960, and again in 1966 for the term ending January 3, 1973; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1972; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Inaugural Arrangements (Eighty-eighth and Ninetieth Congresses), chairman, Joint Committee on the Library (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-second Congresses), Committee on Rules and Administration (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-second Congresses), Joint Committee on Printing (Ninety-first and Ninety-second Congresses); died in Saxapahaw, N.C., March 15, 1974; interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Burlington, N.C.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography; Bulla, Ben F. Textiles and Politics: The Life of B. Everett Jordan: From Saxapahaw to the United States Senate. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 1992.

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

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