CULVER, John Chester (1932-2018)
Senate Years of Service: 1975-1981

CULVER, JOHN CHESTER, a Representative and a Senator from Iowa; born in Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn., August 8, 1932; attended Cedar Rapids public schools; graduated Harvard College in 1954; served in the United States Marine Corps 1955-1958, and was discharged with rank of captain; served as dean of men of Harvard University Summer School in 1960; graduated Harvard Law School in 1962; admitted to the bar in 1963, and commenced practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1975); was not a candidate for reelection in 1974; was elected in 1974 as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1981; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; was a resident of Bethesda, Md., when he died on December 26, 2018.

Iowa State University Library
Department of Special Collections
Ames, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Iowa Farmers Union Records, 1921-1974.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1964-1980. 600 feet. Congressional and business papers, photographs, video tape, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Restricted.
Papers: Correspondence in Wiley Mayne papers, 1966-1974; E. Kevin Kelly papers, 1965-1978; John Whitfield Tobin papers, 1885-1980; James V. Gallagher papers, 1964-1974; Fred Schwengel papers, 1940-1972; and Frank T. Nye papers, 1942-1983. Finding aid.

  • Culver, John, and John L. McLucas. Prospects for the Strategic Bomber: Two Views. AEI Defense Review, vol. 2, no. 1. Washington: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1978.
  • Drew, Elizabeth. Senator. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978.
  • Fenno, Richard, Jr. Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.