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  Former US Sen. Charles Mathias of Maryland dies
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Last EditedRMF  Jan 25, 2010 09:09pm
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AuthorBrian Witte
MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateTuesday, January 26, 2010 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Former U.S. Sen. Charles McC. Mathias, a liberal Republican from Maryland who championed civil rights and protection of the Chesapeake Bay during his 26 years in Washington, has died. He was 87.

Mathias, who lived in Chevy Chase, died Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease, said his sons Charles and Robert.

Mathias' career spanned the turbulent years of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement, and he often found himself at odds with his party on those and other issues.

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1960 from a western Maryland district and quickly gained a reputation as a Republican Party maverick. Election to the Senate followed eight years later. He was a strong supporter of civil rights legislation and favored home rule for the District of Columbia.
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