PELL, Claiborne de Borda, (1918 - 2009)

Senate Years of Service: 1961-1997
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

PELL, Claiborne de Borda, (son of Herbert Claiborne Pell, Jr., great-great-grandson of John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne, great-great-grandnephew of George Mifflin Dallas, great-great-great-grandnephew of William Charles Cole Claiborne and Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in New York City, November 22, 1918; graduated, Princeton University 1940 and Columbia University 1946; served in the United States Coast Guard 1941-1945; served in United States Coast Guard Reserve; State Department and foreign service officer in Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Washington 1945-1952; businessman; served on a wide variety of government commissions and committees; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1960; reelected in 1966, 1972, 1978, 1984 and 1990 and served from January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration (Ninety-fifth through Ninety-Sixth Congresses); Committee on Foreign Relations (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses); appointed U.S. delegate to the United Nations, 1997; was a resident of Newport, Rhode Island, until his death on January 1, 2009; interment in St. Columba’s Chapel cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island.


Miller, G. Wayne. An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2011.