Allen, James; Bellmon, Henry; Cook, Marlow; Cranston, Alan; Dole, Bob; Eagleton, Tom; Gravel,Mike; Gurney, Ed; Hughes, Harold; Mathias, Charles "Mac"; Packwood, Bob; Saxbe, Bill; Schweiker, Dick; Stevens, Ted

1968 FDC signed by 14 then “freshmen” US Senators

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JAMES B. ALLEN(1912-1978) Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama 1969-78. Master of parliamentary procedure, one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate during his time there.. Active opponent of the Panama Canal Treaty, received one vote for the GOP VP nomination at the 1976 Republican Convention. HENRY L. BELLMON (1921-2009) 18th & 23rd Governor of Oklahoma (1st Republican governor since 1907 statehood), 2-term US Senator 1969-81. In 1968, served as national chairman for Richard Nixon's presidential election campaign, ran for the Senate and defeated Senator Mike Monroney; did not run for a 3rd term in 1980. Sometimes took moderate positions in the Senate that put him at odds with conservative Oklahoma GOP: supported Gerald Ford over Ronald Reagan for the 1976 presidential nomination though state delegation was committed to Reagan; opposed constitutional amendment to prohibit forced busing to racially desegregate public schools; supported the Panama Canal treaty. MARLOW W. COOK (b. 1926) GOP US Senator from Kentucky 1969-74. 1st Roman Catholic to hold statewide office in Kentucky, one of the first GOP senators to call for Richard Nixon to resign following the Watergate Scandal. Defeated in 1974 bid for reelection by Governor Wendell Ford, resigned his seat early so that Ford would have greater seniority in the Senate. ALAN M. CRANSTON(1914-2000) Democratic Senator from California 1969-93, Democratic Whip 1977-91.Unsuccessful candidate for 1984 Democratic presidential nomination. Reprimanded by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics 11/20/91 for "improper conduct" after Lincoln Savings head Charles Keating's companies contributed $850,000 to voter registration groups closely affiliated with him. ROBERT "BOB" DOLE (b. 1923) Kansas GOP US Senator 1969-96, Gerald Ford's Vice Presidential running mate in 1976 presidential election, Senate Majority Leader 1985-87 & 1995-96. GOP 1996 presidential nominee defeated by Bill Clinton. Severely wounded in WW II while in combat in Italy, his right arm permanently paralyzed. Chairman of the Republican National Committee 1971-73. Dole ran for the 1980 GOP Presidential nomination, eventually won by Ronald Reagan, made more serious bid but unsuccessful bid in 1988. He is the only person in the history of the 2 major parties to have been his party's nominee for both President & VP but never elected to either office. President Clinton awarded him a 1997 Presidential Medal of Freedom for his service in the military and his political career. THOMAS EAGLETON (1929-2007) Missouri US Senator 1968-87, nominated as 1972 Democratic VP candidate with George McGovern, dumped from ticket after psychiatric treatment disclosures, replaced by Sargent Shriver. Eagleton checked himself into the hospital 3 times between 1960 & 1966 for physical and nervous exhaustion, receiving electric shock treatments twice. McGovern said he would back Eagleton “1000%”, but on August 1, Eagleton withdrew at McGovern's request. The Democratic ticket won only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. MAURICE "MIKE" GRAVEL (b. 1930) Democratic Senator from Alaska 1969-81, 2008 presidential hopeful. Became nationally known for his unsuccessful attempts to end the draft during the Vietnam War and for putting the Pentagon Papers into the public record in 1971 at risk to himself. Conducted unusual campaign for the Democratic nomination for Vice President in 1972, losing to Tom Eagleton, played crucial role in getting Congressional approval for the Trans-Alaska pipeline in 1973. By 1974, he allied with Ralph Nader's organization in opposing nuclear power. Defeated in 1980 primary election in bid for a 3rd term. A strong advocate of direct democracy and the National Initiative, began run for 2006 Democratic nomination to promote those ideas. His campaign gained an Internet following and national attention due to forceful, humorous and politically unorthodox 2007 debate appearances. Switched to Libertarian Party March 2008 to compete for presidential nomination and inclusion of the National Initiative into the Libertarian Platform. EDWARD J. GURNEY (1914-1996) Florida, GOP US Senator 1969-75, 1st Republican Senator elected from Florida since Reconstruction. Ran on congressional record that included votes against civil rights legislation, foreign aid, and LBJ’s “war on poverty”; future President George W. Bush worked as an aide to Gurney in the 1968 campaign. In 1973 Gurney was named to the Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal, becoming Nixon administration's strongest supporter on the committee. He was embroiled in a 1974 influence peddling scandal that caused him to not seek re-election. HAROLD E. HUGHES (1922-1996) 36th Governor of Iowa 1963-69, Democratic US Senator 1969-75. In 1952, he turned to religion and embraced the AA program of recovery. Seconded nomination of Lyndon Johnson at the 1964 Democratic convention (a decision he came to regret) and gained national recognition as a liberal governor and promising national Democrat. At the 1968 Democratic Convention, Hughes was giving a nominating speech for Eugene McCarthy when violent demonstrations erupted on the streets of Chicago. As Senator, Hughes persuaded the Chairman of the Senate’s Labor and Public Welfare Committee to establish a Special Sub-committee on Alcoholism and Narcotics, chaired by Hughes. Hughes began to get press recognition as a "dark horse candidate" for the 1972 presidential election but he dropped out of the race. On leaving the Senate, he devoted himself to lay religious work and remained a strong advocate for services to chemically dependent people. CHARLES "MAC" MATHIAS, JR. (1922-2010) Maryland GOP US Senator 1969-87, aligned with the then-influential liberal wing of the Republican Party. In late 1975-early 1976, he considered running an insurgent presidential campaign to stave off the increasing influence of conservative Republicans led by Ronald Reagan. Mathias played an influential role in fostering African American civil rights, ending the Vietnam War, preserving the Chesapeake Bay, and constructing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Mathias frequently clashed ideologically with the Nixon Administration. In early 1974, the Americans for Democratic Action rated Mathias the most liberal member of the GOP in the Senate, his score higher than most Democrats in the Senate, and 4th highest amongst all members. ROBERT W. "BOB" PACKWOOD (b. 1932) Oregon moderate GOP US Senator 1969-95, resigned under threat of expulsion after allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and assault of women emerged. Defeated Wayne Morse in 1968 election, replaced Ted Kennedy as the youngest senator. Supported restrictions on gun owners, liberal civil rights legislation, introduced Senate's first abortion legalization bill; voted against nominations of Robert Bork & Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court based on nominees’ opposition to abortion rights. First Senate Republican to support Nixon’s impeachment. WM. B. "BILL" SAXBE (1916-2010) Ohio GOP US Senator 1969-73, US Attorney General under Presidents Richard Nixon & Gerald R. Ford 1973-75, and Ambassador to India 1975-77. As Ohio Attorney General 1957-69, Saxbe argued the murder case of Dr. Sam Sheppard before the US Supreme Court in 1966 against Sheppard's attorney F. Lee Bailey. Appointed Attorney General by President Nixon to replace Elliot Richardson, fired during the "Saturday Night Massacre" at the height of the Watergate scandal; Saxbe took over for Robert Bork, interim Attorney General for 2 months following the "Massacre". RICHARD S. SCHWEIKER (b. 1926) Pennsylvania GOP US Senator 1969-81, Secretary of Health and Human Services 1981-83 under President Reagan. In 1976, Reagan challenged President Ford for the Republican Party nomination for President; before the opening of the GOP Convention, Reagan promised to name Schweiker, who had a moderate-to-liberal Senate voting record, as his candidate for Vice President to balance the ticket. Ford won the nomination on the 1st ballot by a razor-thin margin, and VP nomination went to Bob Dole. Schweiker was a pioneer in increasing government spending on diabetes research, through his authoring and sponsoring legislation, passed in 1974, to create the National Commission on Diabetes to create a long-term plan to fight the disease. THEODORE F. "TED" STEVENS, SR. (1923-2010) GOP US Senator from Alaska, serving from Dec. 24, 1968 to Jan. 3, 2009, longest-serving Republican senator in history. In December 1968, after the death of Alaska's other Senator, Democrat Bob Bartlett, Governor Hickel appointed Stevens to the Senate. He was Assistant Republican Leader (Whip) 1977-85, Senate President pro tempore 2003-07. In 2008, he was embroiled in a federal corruption trial as he ran for re-election to the Senate. He was found guilty, and narrowly defeated. However, prior to sentencing, the indictment was dismissed, effectively vacating the conviction, when a Justice Department probe found evidence of gross prosecutorial misconduct. He died in a plane crash while flying to a private fishing lodge. In 2000, the Alaska Legislature renamed the Anchorage airport, largest in Alaska, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. US 6c Register & Vote stamp cacheted 3 ¾ x 6 ½ First Day Cover, postmarked “First Day oif Issue”, Washington DC, June 27 1968, signed by 14 US Senators elected (or, appointed) in 1968 to take office beginning Jan. 20, 1969. Several add “U.S.S.” after their signature. Envelope has “New Senators – January 1, 1969” typed at bottom edge.

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