Thomas J. Dodd

Senator From Connecticut and Father of Chris Dodd
Born May 15, 1907

Thomas Joseph Dodd was a United States Senator and Representative from Connecticut, He was the first Senator censured by the US Senate since Joseph McCarthy in 1954, and was one of only six people censured by the Senate in the 20th century. He is the father of former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd and Thomas J. Dodd, Jr. , who served as the United States Ambassador to Uruguay from 1993–1997 and to Costa Rica from 1997–2001 .… Read More

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1907 Birth Born on May 15, 1907.


1926 19 Years Old He graduated from Saint Anselm College's preparatory school, run by Benedictine monks in Goffstown, New Hampshire, in 1926.


1930 23 Years Old He graduated from Providence College in 1930 with a degree in philosophy, and from Yale Law School in 1933.
1933 26 Years Old He served as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1933 and 1934, the highlight of his career there being his participation in an unsuccessful attempt to capture John Dillinger at Little Bohemia Lodge.
1934 27 Years Old In 1934, Dodd married Grace Murphy of Westerly, Rhode Island. … Read More
1935 28 Years Old He was then Connecticut director of the National Youth Administration from 1935 to 1938.


1938 31 Years Old He was assistant to five successive United States Attorneys General (Homer Cummings, Frank Murphy, Robert Jackson, Francis Biddle and Tom Clark) from 1938 to 1945. … Read More
1942 35 Years Old In 1942, he was sent to Hartford to prosecute a major spy ring case in which five men (Anastasy Vonsyatsky, Wilhelm Kunze, and others) were accused of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 by conspiring to gather and deliver US Army, Navy, and defense information to Germany or Japan. … Read More
1945 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Dodd became vice chairman of the Board of Review and later executive trial counsel for the Office of the United States Chief of Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality at Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945 and 1946. … Read More
Dodd was given several awards in recognition of his work at the Nuremberg trials. Jackson awarded him the Medal of Freedom in July 1946 and President Harry Truman awarded him the Certificate of Merit, which Jackson personally delivered to him in Hartford in the fall of 1946. … Read More


1949 42 Years Old In 1949, the Polish government had intended to award Dodd with a badge of honor called the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, but Dodd rejected the medal due to his commitment to human rights and views that the Polish government was imposing a tyranny similar to that imposed by the Nazis, and accepting an honor from the President of Poland would be like accepting one from the Nazis.
1952 45 Years Old Dodd was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives in 1952, and served two terms.
1955 48 Years Old …  After a short trip to Guatemala in 1955, Dodd urged the House of Representatives to increase aid to the Central American country.
1956 49 Years Old 1 More Event
He lost a Senate election in 1956 to Prescott S. Bush, but was elected in 1958 to Connecticut's other Senate seat and then re-elected in 1964.


1961 54 Years Old In 1961, Dodd visited the Congo to investigate the civil war caused by the secession of the province of Katanga. … Read More


1967 60 Years Old In 1967 Dodd became the first Senator censured by the US Senate since Joseph McCarthy in 1954, and was one of only six people censured by the Senate in the 20th century. … Read More
1970 63 Years Old In 1970, the Democrats endorsed for his seat Joseph Duffey, who won the nomination in the primary. … Read More
1971 64 Years Old Died on May 24, 1971.
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