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CAIN, Harry Pulliam (1906-1979)

CAIN, HARRY PULLIAM, a Senator from Washington; born in Nashville, Davidson County Tenn., January 10, 1906; moved with his parents to Tacoma, Pierce County, Wash., in 1911; attended the public schools and Hill Military Academy at Portland, Oreg.; graduated, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., 1929; pursued graduate study in England and Germany; engaged in newspaper work in Portland, Oreg., 1924-1925, and in the banking business at Tacoma, Wash., 1929-1939; elected mayor of Tacoma, Wash., in 1940, and again in 1942 for a four-year term; took leave of absence in May 1943 to enter the United States Army as a major; served in the United States Army in the European theater 1943-1945; resumed his duties as mayor of Tacoma until June 15, 1946; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 5, 1946, for the term commencing January 3, 1947; subsequently appointed on December 26, 1946, to fill the vacancy in the term ending January 3, 1947, caused by the resignation of Hugh B. Mitchell, and served from December 26, 1946, to January 3, 1953; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952; member of the Subversive Activities Control Board, Washington, D.C., 1953-1956; moved to Florida in 1957; resumed banking business and civic work; resided in Miami Lakes, Fla., where he died March 3, 1979; cremated; ashes scattered on a golf course in Bethesda, Md.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1915-1951. Finding aid.

University of Washington Libraries
Manuscripts and University Archives
Seattle, WA
Papers: Miscellaneous papers in various collections including Severn A. Sween papers, 1946-1958.

Washington State Historical Society
Tacoma, WA
Papers: 1945-1950 (bulk 1948-1949). 7 linear feet. Senatorial papers including subject files for Agriculture Department,Columbia Basin,Commerce Department, Interior Department, Justice Department, Nominations, Postmasters, and Speeches. Finding aid.

  • Smith, C. Mark. Raising Cain: The Life and Politics of Harry P. Cain. Bothell, WA: Book Publishers Network, 2011.