Estes Kefauver


Carey Estes Kefauver was an American politician from Tennessee. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949 and in the Senate from 1949 to his death in 1963. After leading a much-publicized investigation into organized crime in the early 1950s, he twice sought his party's nomination for President of the United States.… Read More

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1903 Birth Born on July 26, 1903.


1927 23 Years Old After a year of teaching mathematics and coaching football at a Hot Springs, Arkansas, high school, he attended Yale Law School, from which he received an LL.B. cum laude in 1927. … Read More


1935 31 Years Old In 1935 he married Nancy Pigott of Glasgow, Scotland, eight years his junior, whom he had met during her visit to relatives in Chattanooga. … Read More
1938 34 Years Old Aroused by his role as attorney for the Chattanooga News, Kefauver became interested in local politics and sought election to the Tennessee Senate in 1938.
…  A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949 and in the Senate from 1949 until his death from a heart attack in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1963. … Read More


1946 42 Years Old He chaired, for instance, the House Select Committee on Small Business, which investigated economic concentration in the U.S. business world in 1946. … Read More
In a May 1948 article which appeared in the American Economic Review, Kefauver also proposed that more staff and money be allocated to the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department and to the Federal Trade Commission; that new legislation to make it easier to prosecute big corporations be enacted; and that the danger of monopoly should be publicized more. … Read More
1950 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950, Kefauver headed a U.S. Senate committee investigating organized crime. … Read More
Kefauver won 12 of the 15 primaries in 1952, losing three to "favorite son" candidates.


In 1956, he was selected by the Democratic National Convention to be the running mate of presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson. … Read More
1957 53 Years Old In an attempt to gain more public exposure, Kefauver capitalized on a nascent public campaign to restrict the sale of switchblade knives at the federal level by introducing legislation in 1957 to ban the sale or possession of such knives. … Read More
1959 55 Years Old In 1959, the senator let it be known that he was not going to campaign a third time for the presidential nomination. … Read More
1960 56 Years Old When he ran for reelection to a third term in 1960, his first and, it would turn out, last attempt at running for office after refusing to sign the Southern Manifesto, he faced staunch opposition for renomination from his party's still-thriving pro-segregation wing, but he won the primary decisively, 64% vs. 34% for his opponent, Tip Taylor. … Read More
1962 58 Years Old In 1962, Kefauver, who had become known to the public at large as the chief enemy of crooked businessmen in the Senate, introduced legislation that would eventually pass into law as the Kefauver-Harris Drug Control Act. … Read More
In May 1963, Kefauver's subcommittee concluded that within monopolized U.S. industries no real price competition existed anymore and also recommended that General Motors be broken up into competing firms. … Read More


1963 60 Years Old Died on August 10, 1963.
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