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  Symington, W. Stuart
NameW. Stuart Symington
Ladue, Missouri , United States
Born June 26, 1901
DiedDecember 14, 1988 (87 years)
Last ModifedJuan Croniqueur
Dec 03, 2015 11:57am
Tags Moderate - U.S. Army - Freemason -
InfoSYMINGTON, William Stuart (Stuart), (father of James Wadsworth Symington, son-in-law of James Wadsworth), a Senator from Missouri; born in Amherst, Hampshire County, Mass., June 26, 1901; soon after his birth the family moved to Baltimore, Md.; attended the public schools; enlisted as a private in the United States Army at seventeen years of age and was discharged as a second lieutenant; graduated from Yale University in 1923; reporter on a Baltimore newspaper; moved to Rochester, N.Y., and worked as an iron moulder and lathe operator 1923-1926, studying mechanical and electrical engineering at night and by correspondence; executive with several radio and steel companies 1926-1937; moved to St. Louis, Mo., and became president of the Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co. 1938-1945; chairman, Surplus Property Board 1945; Surplus Property Administrator 1945-1946; Assistant Secretary of War for Air 1946-1947; first Secretary of the Air Force 1947-1950; chairman of National Security Resources Board 1950-1951; Reconstruction Finance Corporation Administrator 1951-1952, from which office he resigned to run for nomination as United States Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1952; reelected in 1958, 1964 and 1970 and served from January 3, 1953, until his resignation on December 27, 1976; was not a candidate for reelection in 1976; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960; lived in New Canaan, Ct., until his death, December 14, 1988; interred in a crypt in Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.



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Wife Evelyn Wadsworth Symington Mar 01, 1924-Dec 24, 1972
Son W. Stuart Symington III 0000-
Grandson W. Stuart Symington 1952-
Son James W. Symington 1927-
Father In-Law James W. Wadsworth, Jr. 1877-1952
Mother In-Law Alice Hay Wadsworth 0000-

  11/03/1970 MO US Senate Won 51.03% (+2.88%)
  08/04/1970 MO US Senate - D Primary Won 89.28% (+85.83%)
  11/03/1964 MO US Senate Won 66.55% (+33.11%)
  08/04/1964 MO US Senate - D Primary Won 91.99% (+86.19%)
  07/01/1964 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.00% (-27.26%)
  07/15/1960 US President - D Convention Lost 5.64% (-47.24%)
  07/01/1960 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.51% (-30.90%)
  03/24/1960 IA US President - D Caucus/Straw Poll Lost 11.85% (-36.80%)
  11/04/1958 MO US Senate Won 66.45% (+32.90%)
  08/05/1958 MO US Senate - D Primary Won 92.13% (+87.10%)
  08/17/1956 US President - D Convention Lost 3.35% (-62.55%)
  08/17/1956 US Vice President - D Convention Lost 0.05% (-38.04%)
  07/01/1956 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.01% (-50.70%)
  11/04/1952 MO US Senate Won 53.99% (+8.05%)
  08/05/1952 MO US Senate - D Primary Won 62.09% (+31.63%)
  09/18/1947 Secretary of the Air Force Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Dec 17, 1975 R John Paul Stevens
US Secretary of the Interior - Jun 11, 1975 R Stanley K. Hathaway
US President - D Primaries - Jun 06, 1972 D Edmund S. Muskie
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Dec 15, 1971 R William H. Rehnquist
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Dec 09, 1971 D Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - May 17, 1970 R Harry Blackmun
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Apr 08, 1970 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Nov 21, 1969 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Jun 23, 1969 R Warren E. Burger
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 30, 1967 D Thurgood Marshall
AR US Senate - D Primary - Jul 27, 1954 D John Little McClellan