Ted Stevens

Senior United States Senator From Alaska

Theodore Fulton "Ted" Stevens, Sr. was a United States Senator from Alaska, serving from December 24, 1968, until January 3, 2009, and thus the longest-serving Republican senator in history. He is the most senior U.S. Senator to ever lose a reelection bid. He was President pro tempore in the 108th and 109th Congresses from January 3, 2003, to January 3, 2007, and the third senator to hold the title of President pro tempore emeritus.… Read More

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1923 Birth Stevens was born November 18, 1923, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the third of four children, in a small cottage built by his paternal grandfather after the marriage of his parents, Gertrude S. (née Chancellor) and George A. Stevens. … Read More
1932 8 Years Old Stevens helped to support the family by working as a newsboy, and would later remember selling many newspapers on March 1, 1932, when newspaper headlines blared the news of the Lindbergh kidnapping.
1934 10 Years Old In 1934 Stevens's grandfather punctured a lung in a fall down a tall flight of stairs, contracted pneumonia, and died.


1942 18 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1942, Stevens enrolled at Oregon State University to study engineering, attending for a semester. … Read More
1943 19 Years Old He corrected his vision through a course of prescribed eye exercises, and in 1943 he was accepted into an Army Air Force Air Cadet program at Montana State College.


1944 20 Years Old 1 More Event
After scoring near the top of an aptitude test for flight training, Stevens was transferred to preflight training in Santa Ana, California; and received his wings early in 1944.
1946 - 1949 3 More Events
Stevens graduated from Harvard Law School in 1950. … Read More
1952 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Early in 1952, Stevens married Ann Mary Cherrington, a Democrat and the adopted daughter of University of Denver chancellor Ben Mark Cherrington. She had graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and during Truman's administration had worked for the State Department. On December 4, 1978, the crash of a Learjet 25C at Anchorage International Airport killed five people. … Read More


1954 30 Years Old Eisenhower sent Stevens's nomination to the U.S. Senate, which confirmed him on March 30, 1954. … Read More
In 1956, in a trial which received national headlines, Stevens prosecuted Jack Marler; a former Internal Revenue Service agent accused of failing to file tax returns. … Read More
1957 33 Years Old Stevens's father, George, died in 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of lung cancer. … Read More
1962 38 Years Old Stevens first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1962 and won the Republican nomination, but lost in the general election to incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Ernest Gruening.


1964 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1964 and became House majority leader in his second term. … Read More
1968 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Stevens once again ran for the U.S. Senate, but lost in the Republican primary to Anchorage Mayor Elmer E. Rasmuson. … Read More
1970 46 Years Old In a special election in 1970, Stevens won the right to finish the remainder of Bartlett's term.
1972 48 Years Old He won the seat in his own right in 1972, and was reelected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2002 elections. … Read More


1977 53 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The lobbying campaign extended to presidential press conferences. "We set Ike up quite often at press conferences by planting questions about Alaska statehood," Stevens said in the 1977 interview. "We never let a press conference go by without getting someone to try to ask him about statehood." … Read More
1980 56 Years Old Ted Stevens remarried in 1980; he and his second wife, Catherine, had a daughter, Lily.


1984 - 2002 5 More Events
2003 79 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was President pro tempore in the 108th and 109th Congresses from January 3, 2003, to January 3, 2007, and the third senator to hold the title of President pro tempore emeritus.
2005 81 Years Old Due to Republican Party rules that limited committee chairmanships to six years, Stevens gave up the Appropriations gavel at the start of the 109th Congress, in January 2005. … Read More
Senator Stevens authored the bill, S. 2686, the Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006. … Read More
Stevens, once an avowed critic of anthropogenic climate change, began actively supporting legislation to combat climate change in early 2007. "Global climate change is a very serious problem for us, becoming more so every day," he said at a Senate hearing, adding that he was "concerned about the human impacts on our climate."
On July 29, 2008, Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of failing to properly report gifts, a felony, and found guilty at trial three months later (October 27, 2008). … Read More
Stevens, who would have been almost 91 years old on election day, had filed to run in the 2014 election, but he was killed in a plane crash on August 9, 2010.
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