CANNON, Howard Walter (1912-2002)
Senate Years of Service: 1959-1983

CANNON, HOWARD WALTER, a Senator from Nevada; born in St. George, Washington County, Utah, January 26, 1912; graduated from Arizona State Teachers College in 1933, and University of Arizona Law School in 1937; admitted to the bar in Arizona in 1937, Utah in 1938, and Nevada in 1946; reference attorney, Utah State senate in 1939; elected county attorney of Washington County, Utah, in 1940; during the Second World War served in the United States Army in 1941 and the United States Army Air Corps 1942-1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel; served in the Air Force Reserve and retired as a major general; elected city attorney of Las Vegas, Nev., in 1949 and served for four consecutive terms; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958; reelected in 1964, 1970 and 1976 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1983; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1982; chairman, Joint Committee on Inaugural Arrangements (Ninety-second Congress), Select Committee on Standards and Conduct (Ninety-third and Ninety-fourth Congresses), Committee on Rules and Administration (Ninety-third through Ninety-fifth Congresses), Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (Ninety-fourth Congress), Joint Committee on Library (Ninety-fifth Congress), Joint Committee on Printing (Ninety-fifth Congress), Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 5, 2002; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral history: 1971. 7 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

University of Nevada
Special Collections and Archives
Reno, NV
Papers: 1959-1983. 300 linear feet. Administrativeand legislative files, appointment books, speeches, writings, correspondence, press releases, clippings, trip files, photographs, audio files, and video.Finding aid available on-line.

University of Nevada
Special Collections
Reno, NV
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph H. Robinson papers, 1973-1988; Thomas Woodnutt Miller papers, 1890-1973; and Alan Bible papers, 1953-1974.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983.

  • Gilbertson, John. "Plane Politics: Lyndon Johnson, Howard Cannon, and Nevada's 1964 Senatorial Election." Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 46 (Winter 2003): 257-85;
  • Titus, A. Costandina. "Bringing Tourists to the Tables: Senator Howard Cannon's Role in the Development of Commercial Aviation.'' In Battle Born: Federal-State Conflict in Nevada During the Twentieth Century, edited by A. Costandina Titus, pp. 78-93. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1989.
  • ___. "Howard Cannon, the Senate and Civil-Rights Legislation, 1959-1968.'' Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 33 (Winter 1990): 13-29.
  • Vernetti, Michael. Senator Howard Canon of Nevada: A Biography. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008.