U.S. Senator. He served as United States Senator from Arkansas from 1943 to 1977, and also served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He stood on Principal, Ethics and for the Constitutional rights of every American Citizen. His mother, Anna Belle Suddeth, died when he was a month old, hence was raised by his step-mother, Laura Anna Wray. He commenced studying the Law at age 12 in his father's law office. A special act of the Arkansas Legislature was required to allow him to take the Attorney's Bar Exam at age 17. His father, Isaac Scott McClellan, was a school teacher, attorney, and Circuit Judge. During World War I, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He was a Hot Springs County Prosecuting Attorney for several years. He was also Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Union and Hot Springs Counties, U.S. Congressman 1938 - 1942, and was a U.S. Senator time of his death. During his years in the Senate, he was Chairman of the McCarthy Senate hearings of the 1950's, Chairman of the Armed Forces, Veteran Affairs, and Ways and Means Senate Committees. He was Author of the Federal Code Revisions of the 1970's and very proactive on the Federal level legal reform movement of Anti-Crime and Organized Crime statutes. He was Co-sponsor of the Arkansas River Navigation Project and various other projects beneficial to the citizens of Arkansas and the nation. His oldest son, Max Eldon McClellan died during the North African Champaign of World War II. He also lost his second son, John L. Jr., to a fatal car accident the night before the reburial of oldest son in Little Rock. His third son, James Howard McClellan, was killed in plane crash at Mayflower in 1958.
Bio by: Jean MC