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J. William Fulbright

Personal data
Date of birthApril 9, 1905
Place of birthSumner, Missouri
Date of deathFebruary 9, 1995(age 89)
Place of deathWashington, D.C.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseElizabeth Williams, Harriet Mayor Fulbright
Alma materUniversity of Arkansas
Pembroke College (Oxford University)
George Washington University
ReligionDisciple of Christ
In officeJanuary 3, 1945 - December 31, 1974
Succeeded byDale Bumpers
Preceded byHattie Caraway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas's 3rd district
In officeJanuary 3, 1943 - January 3, 1945
Succeeded byJames William Trimble
Preceded byClyde T. Ellis
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
In officeJanuary 3, 1959 - December 31, 1974
Succeeded byJohn J. Sparkman
Preceded byTheodore F. Green
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency
In officeJanuary 3, 1955 - January 3, 1959
Succeeded byA. Willis Robertson
Preceded byHomer Capehart

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James William Fulbright (April 9, 1905 February 9, 1995) was a United States Senator representing Arkansas from 1945 to 1975.

Fulbright was a Southern Democrat and a staunch multilateralist who supported the creation of the United Nations and the longest serving chairman in the history of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a segregationist who signed the Southern Manifesto. Fulbright opposed McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee and later became known for his opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. His efforts to establish an international exchange program eventually resulted in the creation of a fellowship program which bears his name, the Fulbright Program.

President Bill Clinton cited him as a mentor.


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