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John Sparkman

Personal data
Date of birthDecember 20, 1899
Place of birthHartselle, Alabama
Date of deathNovember 16, 1985(age 85)
Place of deathHuntsville, Alabama
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseIvo Sparkman
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
ReligionMethodist
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
UnitStudent Army Training Corps, World War I
In officeNovember 6, 1946 - January 3, 1979
Succeeded byHowell Heflin
Preceded byGeorge R. Swift
11th Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives
In office1946 - 1946
LeaderJohn W. McCormack
Succeeded byLeslie C. Arends
Preceded byRobert Ramspeck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 8th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1937 - November 6, 1946
Succeeded byRobert E. Jones, Jr.
Preceded byArchibald Hill Carmichael
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
In officeJanuary 3, 1975 - January 3, 1979
Succeeded byFrank Church
Preceded byJ. William Fulbright
Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
In office1966 - 1975
Succeeded byWilliam Proxmire
Preceded byA. Willis Robertson
Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Small Business
In office1955 - 1966
Succeeded byGeorge Smathers
Preceded byEdward John Thye

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John Jackson Sparkman (December 20, 1899 November 16, 1985) was an American politician from the state of Alabama. A conservative Southern Democrat, Sparkman served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 1937 until 1979. He was the Democratic Party's nominee for Vice President as Adlai Stevenson's running mate in the 1952 U.S. presidential election. Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama and Sparkman School in Somerville, Alabama are named in his honor.


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