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Thomas Henry KUCHEL

(1910-1994)
Senate Years of Service:
1953-1969
Party:
Republican

KUCHEL, Thomas Henry, a Senator from California; born in Anaheim, Orange County, Calif., August 15, 1910; attended the public schools; graduated from the University of Southern California in 1932 and from the law school of the same university in 1935; admitted to the bar the same year and began practice in Anaheim, Calif.; member, State assembly 1936-1939; member, State senate 1940-1945, and while serving as State senator volunteered and was called to active duty in the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant (junior grade), serving until 1945; State controller 1946-1953; appointed on January 2, 1953, and subsequently elected on November 2, 1954, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Richard M. Nixon; reelected in 1956 and again in 1962 and served from January 2, 1953, to January 3, 1969; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1968; Republican whip 1959-1969; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. and California, until his retirement in 1981; resided in Beverly Hills, Calif., until his death on November 21, 1994.

Bibliography

Kuchel, Thomas. “The Role of the Senate Minority.” In The Senate Institution. Edited by Nathaniel S. Preston. pp. 75-82. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969.

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

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