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Estes Kefauver

Personal data
Date of birthJuly 26, 1903
Place of birthMadisonville, Tennessee
Date of deathAugust 10, 1963(age 60)
Place of deathBethesda, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseNancy Kefauver (1911-1967)
ReligionBaptist
In officeJanuary 3, 1949 - August 10, 1963
Succeeded byHerbert S. Walters
Preceded byA. Thomas Stewart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee's 3rd district
In officeSeptember 13, 1939 - January 3, 1949
Succeeded byJames B. Frazier, Jr.
Preceded bySam D. McReynolds

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Carey Estes Kefauver (c-eniconˈɛstɨs_ˈkiːfɔːvər;

July 26, 1903 August 10, 1963) was an American politician from Tennessee. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949 and in the Senate from 1949 to his death in 1963.

After leading a much-publicized investigation into organized crime in the early 1950s, he twice sought his party's nomination for President of the United States. In 1956, he was selected by the Democratic National Convention to be the running mate of presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson. Still holding his U.S. Senate seat after the Stevenson-Kefauver ticket lost to the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket in 1956, Kefauver was named chair of the U.S. Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee in 1957 and served as its chairman until his death.


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