John Warner


John William Warner is an American Republican politician who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974 and as a five-term United States Senator from Virginia from January 2, 1979, to January 3, 2009. He did not seek reelection in 2008 and has rejoined the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he worked before joining the United States Department of Defense.… Read More

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1927 Birth John William Warner was born on February 18, 1927, in Washington, D.C., to John W. and Martha Budd Warner.


1945 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II in January 1945, shortly before his 18th birthday. … Read More


1949 22 Years Old He went to college at Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, graduating in 1949; he then entered the University of Virginia Law School.
1950 23 Years Old He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October 1950, after the outbreak of the Korean War, and served in Korea as a ground aircraft maintenance officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. … Read More
1953 26 Years Old He then resumed his studies, taking courses at the George Washington University, receiving his law degree in 1953. … Read More
1956 29 Years Old In 1956, he became an assistant U.S. attorney; in 1960 he entered private law practice and joined Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells).


1957 30 Years Old In 1957, Warner married banking heiress Catherine Conover Mellon, the daughter of art collector Paul Mellon and his first wife, Mary Conover, and the granddaughter of Andrew Mellon. … Read More


1969 42 Years Old After giving substantial campaign funds and time to the Nixon Presidential election, on February 1969, Warner was appointed Undersecretary of the Navy under the Nixon administration.
1972 45 Years Old On May 4, 1972, he succeeded John H. Chafee as Secretary of the Navy. … Read More
1973 46 Years Old The Warners, who divorced in 1973, have three children: Virginia, John Jr, and Mary. … Read More
1976 49 Years Old John Warner married actress Elizabeth Taylor on December 4, 1976. They divorced on November 7, 1982. … Read More


1978 51 Years Old Following Ford's defeat, Warner began to consider political office for himself. He entered politics in the 1978 Virginia election for U.S. Senate. … Read More
1984 57 Years Old Warner was re-elected easily in 1984 and 1990, and faced his first real challenge for re-election in 1996 from political newcomer Democrat Mark Warner (no relation). … Read More


1987 - 2003 4 More Events
2004 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004 Warner was one of three Republicans to sponsor an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that sought to provide for a 10-year extension of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. … Read More
2005 78 Years Old On May 23, 2005, Warner was one of 14 centrist senators (Gang of 14) to forge a compromise on the Democrats' proposed use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called nuclear option. … Read More
On September 17, 2006, Warner said that U.S. military and intelligence personnel in future wars will suffer for abuses committed in 2006 by the US in the name of fighting terrorism. … Read More
In March 2007, after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Peter Pace spoke out about his views on homosexuality and the military, Sen. … Read More
In September 2008, Warner joined the Gang of 20, a bipartisan coalition seeking comprehensive energy reform. … Read More
2009 82 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 8, 2009, the Secretary of the Navy announced the Navy would name the next after John Warner. is the twelfth Virginia-class submarine and was commissioned on August 1, 2015 at a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
2013 86 Years Old On May 2, 2013, Warner and United States Marine Corps representatives broke ground for the Senator John W. Warner Center for Advanced Military Studies at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. … Read More
2016 89 Years Old On September 28, 2016, Warner announced that he was endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, praising his former Senate colleague's record of bipartisan cooperation.
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