a digital library of Unitarian Universalist biographies, history, books, and media
the digital library of Unitarian Universalism
Home » Biographies » William Proxmire

William Proxmire

William ProxmireWilliam Proxmire was a Senator from Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989. Born in Lake Forest, Illinois, on November 11, 1915, he attended the public schools of Lake Forest and the Hill School, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yale University in 1938, from the Harvard Business School in 1940, and from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1948.

During the Second World War, Proxmire served in the Military Intelligence Service. He was a member of the Wisconsin State assembly from 1951 to 1952 and an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 1952, 1954, and 1956. He was elected in a special election on August 28, 1957 as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joseph R. McCarthy and served from 1957 to 1959. He was reelected in 1958, 1964, 1970, 1976, and 1982 for the term ending in 1989. He was chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (Ninety-fourth, Ninety-fifth, Ninety-sixth, and One Hundredth Congresses). He was a resident of Washington, D.C., until his death in 2005.

—From the Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress

Recommended Reading

Can Small Business Survive? by William Proxmire

Click here to view Supplemental Reading to William Proxmire on Amazon.

Series Navigation<< Willard QuineChaim Potok >>

Notable in UU History
Albert Schweitzer

Schweitzer, Albert (1875-1965)

Biographical Introduction Albert Schweitzer once remarked in conversation, "I think that the most important trait in ... Read More
Joseph H. Jordan

Jordan, Joseph F. (1863-1929)

Known for his work at the Suffolk Normal Training School, Jordan was one of the earliest ... Read More
John Bartlett

Bartlett, John (1784-1849)

Biographical Introduction John Bartlett was born in Concord, Mass., on the 22nd of May, 1784, being ... Read More
Robert Ulich

Ulich, Robert (1890-1977)

Biographical Introduction Robert Ulich was a professor of the history and philosophy of education at Harvard ... Read More