HART, Philip Aloysius, (1912 - 1976)

Senate Years of Service: 1959-1976
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

HART, Philip Aloysius, a Senator from Michigan; born in Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County, Pa., December 10, 1912; attended Waldron Academy and parochial schools; graduated from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1934 and from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor in 1937; admitted to the Michigan bar in 1938 and commenced the practice of law in Detroit, Mich.; during the Second World War served in the United States Army from 1941 until discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant colonel of Infantry; wounded during the D-Day assault on Utah Beach in Normandy; Michigan Corporation Securities Commissioner from 1949 until his resignation in 1951; State director of the Office of Price Stabilization 1951-1952; United States district attorney of the Eastern Michigan District 1952-1953; legal adviser to the Governor of Michigan 1953-1954; lieutenant governor 1955-1958; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958; reelected in 1964 and again in 1970 and served from January 3, 1959, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 26, 1976; was not a candidate for reelection in 1976; third Senate Office Building named for Senator Hart in 1976; interred in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery, Mackinac Island, Mich.


O’Brien, Michael. Philip Hart: The Conscience of the Senate. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1995; U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses. 95th Cong., 1st sess., 1977. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1977.