PASTORE, John Orlando, (1907 - 2000)

Senate Years of Service: 1950-1976
Party: Democrat

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PASTORE, John Orlando, a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Providence, R.I., March 17, 1907; attended the public schools; graduated from the law school of Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., in 1931; admitted to the bar in 1932 and commenced the practice of law at Providence, R.I.; member, State house of representatives 1935-1937; assistant attorney general of Rhode Island 1937-1938; member Providence Charter Revision Commission 1939-1940; again assistant attorney general 1940-1944; elected lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 1944 and assumed the office of Governor, October 6, 1945; elected Governor in 1946; reelected in 1948 but resigned December 18, 1950, having been elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, November 7, 1950, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of J. Howard McGrath for the term ending January 3, 1953; reelected in 1952, 1958, 1964 and 1970 and served from December 19, 1950, until his resignation December 28, 1976; was not a candidate for reelection in 1976; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (Eighty-eighth, Ninetieth, Ninety-second, and Ninety-fourth Congresses); was a resident of Cranston, R.I. and North Kingstown, R.I. until his death due to kidney failure on July 15, 2000; interment in St. Ann's Cemetery in Cranston.


Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives; Morgenthau, Ruth S. Pride Without Prejudice: The Life of John O. Pastore. Providence: Rhode Island Historical Society, 1989; Pastore, John O. The Story of Communications from Beacon Light to Telstar. New York: Macfadden-Bartell, 1964.