DENTON, Jeremiah Andrew, Jr., (1924 - 2014)

Senate Years of Service: 1981-1987
Party: Republican

DENTON, Jeremiah Andrew, Jr., a Senator from Alabama; born in Mobile, Mobile County, Ala., July 15, 1924; graduated from McGill Institute, Mobile, 1942; attended Spring Hill College, Mobile, 1942-1943; graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 1946; completed graduate work at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1964; served in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of rear admiral 1946-1977; shot down, captured, and held prisoner by North Vietnamese for 7 years and 7 months; consultant; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980 for the term commencing January 3, 1981; subsequently appointed by the Governor, January 2, 1981, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Donald W. Stewart for the term ending January 3, 1981; served from January 2, 1981, to January 3, 1987; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1986; founder of Denton Associates, Mobile, Ala.; founder of the National Forum Foundation, Washington, D.C.; was a resident of Williamsburg, Virg., until his death on March 28, 2014.


Bibliography

Denton, Jeremiah A., Jr. When Hell Was in Session. New York: Readers Digest Press, 1976; Watson, Elbert L. ”Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.” In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 159-60. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.