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Claiborne Pell

Personal data
Date of birthNovember 22, 1918
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 1, 2009(age 90)
Place of deathNewport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Birth nameClaiborne de Borda Pell
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseNuala O'Donnell
ChildrenChristopher Pell, Dallas Pell Yates, Julia Pell (deceased), Herbert Pell III (deceased)
Alma materPrinceton University (A.B.), Columbia University (M.A.)
ProfessionUnited States Senator, Diplomat, United States Coast Guard officer
ReligionEpiscopalian
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard Reserve
Years of service1941-1945 (active) 1945-1978 (reserve)
RankCaptain
Battles/warsWorld War II
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
In officeJanuary 3, 1987 - January 3, 1995
Succeeded byJesse Helms
Preceded byRichard Lugar
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In officeJanuary 3, 1978 - January 3, 1981
Succeeded byCharles Mathias
Preceded byHoward Cannon
In officeJanuary 3, 1961 - January 3, 1997
Succeeded byJack Reed
Preceded byTheodore Francis Green

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Claiborne de Borda Pell (November 22, 1918 - January 1, 2009) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island, serving six terms from 1961 to 1997, and was best known as the sponsor of the Pell Grant, which provides financial aid funding to U.S. college students. A Democrat, he was that state's longest serving senator.


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