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Leonard Beck (Len) JORDAN

(1899-1983)
Senate Years of Service:
1962-1973
Party:
Republican

JORDAN, Leonard Beck (Len), a Senator from Idaho; born in Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, May 15, 1899; educated in the public schools of Enterprise, Oreg.; enlisted in the United States Army during the First World War; graduated from University of Oregon in 1923; farmer, rancher, businessman, and economic adviser; director of Circle C Ranch and of the Jordan Motor Co.; resident of Grangeville, Idaho, 1941-1951; member, State legislature 1947-1949; Governor of Idaho 1951-1955; chairman, International Joint Commission 1955-1957; member, International Development Advisory Board 1958-1959; appointed on August 6, 1962, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry C. Dworshak; elected November 6, 1962, for remainder of term, ending January 3, 1967; reelected in 1966 and served from August 6, 1962, to January 2, 1973; was not a candidate for reelection in 1972; was a resident of Boise, Idaho, until his death there June 30, 1983; interment in Cloverdale Cemetery.

Bibliography

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives; Jordan, Grace E. The Unintentional Senator. Boise: Syms-York Co., 1972.

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

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