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Claiborne de Borda PELL

(1918-2009)
Senate Years of Service:
1961-1997
Party:
Democrat

PELL, Claiborne de Borda, (son of Herbert Claiborne Pell, Jr., great-great-grandson of John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne, great-great-grandnephew of George Mifflin Dallas, great-great-great-grandnephew of William Charles Cole Claiborne and Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in New York City, November 22, 1918; graduated, Princeton University 1940 and Columbia University 1946; served in the United States Coast Guard 1941-1945; served in United States Coast Guard Reserve; State Department and foreign service officer in Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Washington 1945-1952; businessman; served on a wide variety of government commissions and committees; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1960; reelected in 1966, 1972, 1978, 1984 and 1990 and served from January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses); appointed U.S. delegate to the United Nations, 1997; was a resident of Newport, Rhode Island, until his death on January 1, 2009; interment in St. Columba’s Chapel cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island.

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

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