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Arthur Hendrick VANDENBERG

(1884-1951)
Senate Years of Service:
1928-1951
Party:
Republican

VANDENBERG, Arthur Hendrick, a Senator from Michigan; born in Grand Rapids, Mich., March 22, 1884; attended the public schools and studied law at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; editor and publisher of the Grand Rapids Herald 1906-1928; author; appointed on March 31, 1928, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Woodbridge N. Ferris; was elected on November 6, 1928, to fill this vacancy and also for the term ending January 3, 1935; reelected in 1934, 1940 and 1946 and served from March 31, 1928, until his death; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Eightieth Congress; chairman, Committee on Enrolled Bills (Seventy-second Congress), Republican Conference (Seventy-ninth Congress), Committee on Foreign Relations (Eightieth Congress); delegate to the United Nations Conference at San Francisco in 1945; delegate to the United Nations General Assembly at London and New York in 1946; United States adviser to the Council of Foreign Ministers at London, Paris, and New York in 1946; delegate to Pan American Conference at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1947; died in Grand Rapids, Mich., April 18, 1951; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Tompkins, C. David. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg: The Evolution of a Modern Republican, 1884-1945. Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1970; Vandenberg, Arthur H., Jr., and Morris, Joe Alex., eds. The Private Papers of Senator Vandenberg. 1952. Reprint. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1974.

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

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