DANFORTH, John Claggett (1936-)
Senate Years of Service: 1976-1995

DANFORTH, JOHN CLAGGETT, a Senator from Missouri; born in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Mo., September 5, 1936; graduated, St. Louis County Day (High) School 1954; graduated from Princeton University 1958, Yale University Law School and Yale Divinity School 1963; admitted to the New York bar in 1963, and commenced practice in New York City; ordained clergy, Episcopal Church 1963; attorney general of Missouri 1969-1976; unsuccessful Republican candidate for nomination to the United States Senate 1970; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1976 for the term commencing January 3, 1977; subsequently appointed on December 27, 1976, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Stuart Symington for the term ending January 3, 1977; reelected in 1982 and again in 1988, and served from December 27, 1976, to January 3, 1995; was not a candidate for reelection in 1994; chairman, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Ninety-ninth Congress); resumed the practice of law; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 2004-2005; is a resident of St. Louis, Mo.

State Historical Society of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collections
Columbia, MO
Papers: ca. 1960's - 2000s. 303.5 cubic feet. Legislative files, press files, projects, speeches, diaries, appointment books, and memorabilia created and collected by John C. Danforth, Attorney General of Missouri, 1969-1976; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1976-1995; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 2004-2005. Includes staff files, correspondence, reports, slides, computer discs and audiovisual materials. Finding aid available on-line.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Peter Hillsman Taylor papers, 1939-1977. Finding aid.

  • Danforth, John C. Faith and Politics: How the "Moral Values" Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together. New York: Viking, 2006.
  • ___. Resurrection: The Confirmation of Clarence Thomas. New York: Viking, 1994.