SAXBE, William Bart, (1916 - 2010)

Senate Years of Service: 1969-1974
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

SAXBE, William Bart, a Senator from Ohio; born in Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio, June 24, 1916; attended the public schools in Mechanicsburg; enlisted in Ohio National Guard 1937; active military duty, Second World War 1940-1945, and Korean conflict 1951-1952; graduated from Ohio State University in 1940 and from that university’s law school in 1948; admitted to the bar in 1948 and commenced practice in Columbus, Ohio; member, Ohio State house of representatives 1947-1954; Ohio attorney general 1957-1958, 1963-1968; chairman, Ohio Crime Commission 1967-1968; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1968, and served from January 3, 1969, until his resignation January 3, 1974, to become Attorney General of the United States from January 4, 1974, to February 2, 1975; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India 1975-1977; resumed the practice of law; was a resident of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, until his death on August 24, 2010.


Pollitt, Daniel H. “Senator/Attorney-General Saxbe and the ’Ineligiblity Clause’ of the Constitution: An Encroachment Upon Separation of Powers.” North Carolina Law Review 53 (1974-1975): 111-33; Saxbe, William B. Seems Like Yesterday. n.p., 1975; Saxbe, William B. I’ve Seen the Elephant: An Autobiography. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2000.