Charles H. Percy

Businessman; U.S. Senator
Born Sep 27, 1919
Hometown City of Pensacola
Died Sep 17, 2011
Death Place District of Columbia
Political Party Republican Party
Religion Christian Science
Nationality American

Charles Harting Percy was an American businessman and politician. He was president of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to 1964. In 1966, he was elected to the United States Senate from Illinois as a Republican; he served for almost twenty years, until 1985, after he was defeated by Paul Simon. During his Senate career, he concentrated on business and foreign relations.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on September 27, 1919.


1938 18 Years Old Percy started at Bell & Howell in 1938 as an apprentice and sales trainee.
1939 19 Years Old In 1939 he worked at Crowell Collier.


1941 21 Years Old He went to work full-time for Bell & Howell in 1941, after college. … Read More
1945 25 Years Old Percy served three years in the United States Navy during World War II and returned to the company in 1945.
1947 27 Years Old …  After Jeanne Percy's death in 1947, Percy married Loraine Guyer in 1950. … Read More
…  He was president of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to 1964.


1964 44 Years Old Percy first entered electoral politics with a run for governor of Illinois in 1964, which he narrowly lost to Democratic incumbent Otto Kerner. … Read More
1966 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, he was elected to the United States Senate from Illinois as a Republican; he served for three terms (18 years) until 1985, when he was defeated by Paul Simon, and was mentioned as a GOP presidential hopeful from 1968 through 1988. … Read More
1967 47 Years Old In 1967, Senator Percy introduced a bill to establish a program to stimulate production of low-cost housing. … Read More
1968 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Although he had been in the Senate less than two years, Percy was mentioned as a Republican hopeful for the 1968 Presidential nomination. … Read More


1977 57 Years Old In 1977, Percy and Sen. … Read More


1980 60 Years Old Percy was again mentioned for the presidency in 1980 and 1988, but his candidacies did not progress beyond their explorative stages.
1985 65 Years Old A year later, her twin sister Sharon Percy married John D. Rockefeller IV, who was later elected Democratic Governor of West Virginia (1977–1985) and was a United States Senator for West Virginia from 1985 till 2015.
2006 86 Years Old In 2006, writing about the influence of political lobbies on the U.S. relationship with Israel, political theorists John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote that they believed Percy's loss resulted from the campaign waged against him by the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). … Read More
2011 92 Years Old Percy remained active after leaving political office but suffered from Alzheimer's disease in later years. He died on September 17, 2011, at the Washington Home and Community Hospice in Washington, D.C..
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