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Pierre Emil George SALINGER

(1925-2004)
Senate Years of Service:
1964-1964
Party:
Democrat

SALINGER, Pierre Emil George, a Senator from California; born in San Francisco, Calif., June 14, 1925; attended San Francisco State College 1942-1943; graduated from the University of San Francisco 1947; employed on the editorial staff of the San Francisco Chronicle 1942-1943, resigned to enlist in the United States Navy; commanded a subchaser in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the Second World War and was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant (jg) in 1946; returned to the editorial staff of the San Francisco Chronicle 1946-1955; lecturer in journalism at Mills College, Oakland, Calif., 1951-1955; west coast editor and contributing editor of Collier’s Magazine 1955-1956; investigator, Senate Select Committee To Investigate Improper Activities in Labor-Management Relations 1957-1959; joined the staff of Senator John F. Kennedy in 1959 and served as his press officer in the 1960 presidential campaign; appointed press secretary to President John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961, and continued in this capacity for President Lyndon B. Johnson until his resignation March 19, 1964, to run for the United States Senate; appointed on August 4, 1964, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Clair Engle and served from August 4, 1964, until his resignation on December 31, 1964; was an unsuccessful candidate in 1964 for election to the full term; corporate executive; a correspondent for the French news magazine, L’Express; bureau chief, ABC News, Paris, France; chief foreign correspondent and senior editor, ABC News, London, England; died of a heart attack on October 16, 2004; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Bibliography

Salinger, Pierre. With Kennedy. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1966; Salinger, Pierre. P.S., a Memoir. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

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

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