US Congressman, US Senator. He enlisted in the United States Navy for World War II, graduated from Haverford College in 1944, received a commission as an Ensign, and served in the Pacific Theater until discharged in 1946. He remained in the Navy Reserve and later attained the rank of Captain. After the war he attended Yale University, received a law degree from the University of Maryland in 1949, and then became an attorney in Frederick, Maryland. From 1953 to 1954 he served as a Maryland Assistant Attorney General, and he was Frederick's City Attorney from 1954 to 1959. From 1959 to 1960 he served in the Maryland House of Delegates. In 1960 he was elected as a Republican to represent Maryland's 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives and served four terms from 1961 to 1969. In 1968 he was elected as a Republican Senator to the United States Senate, and served three terms from 1969 to 1987. During his Senate service he was Chairman of the Special Committee on Termination of the National Emergency (1971 to 1976), the Joint Committee on Printing (1981 to 1982, 1985 to 1986), the Joint Committee on the Library (1983 to 1986), and the Committee on Rules and Administration (1981 to 1986). He did not run for reelection in 1986 and practiced law in Washington until retiring to Chevy Chase, where he died from complications related to Parkinson's disease. A liberal Republican, he was an opponent of the Vietnam War and a supporter of Civil Rights legislation, and endorsed Barack Obama for President in 2008.
Bio by: Bill McKern