MAGNUSON, Warren Grant (1905-1989)

MAGNUSON, WARREN GRANT, a Representative and a Senator from Washington; born in Moorhead, Clay County, Minn., April 12, 1905; attended the public schools, the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks and North Dakota State College; graduated from the University of Washington in 1926, and from the law school in 1929; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Seattle, Wash.; secretary of the Seattle Municipal League in 1930 and 1931; served as special prosecuting attorney of King County, Wash., in 1931; member, State house of representatives 1933-1934; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1933; served in the United States Navy during the Second World War, attaining rank of lieutenant commander; United States district attorney in 1934 and prosecuting attorney of King County, Wash., 1934-1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his resignation on December 13, 1944; appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Homer T. Bone, and served from December 14, 1944, to January 3, 1945; elected in 1944 for the term commencing January 3, 1945; reelected in 1950, 1956, 1962, 1968 and 1974 and served from December 14, 1944, to January 3, 1981; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Ninety-sixth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980; chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Commerce (Eighty-eighth through Ninety-fifth Congresses), Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Ninety-fifth Congress), Committee on Appropriations (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); resumed the practice of law; died in Seattle, Wash., May 20, 1989; interment in Acacia Memorial Park.

Boise State University Library
Boise, ID
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Church papers, 1941-1984. Finding aid.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry records, 1842-1982.

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

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: March 14, 1978. 27 pages.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Clinton Presba Anderson papers, 1938-1972. Finding aid.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: In J. Arthur Younger papers, 1951-1968.

U.S. Senate
Historical Office
Washington, DC
Oral History: Discussed in interview (July 1-July 23, 1981) with Warren Featherstone Reid, chief aide to Magnuson, 197 pages.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Margaret Bayne Price papers, 1918-1965. Finding aid.

University of Texas
Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In Jessica Mitford papers, 1949-1973 (bulk 1961-1973).

University of Washington Libraries
Manuscripts and University Archives
Seattle, WA
Papers: 1929-1980. 1,406.5 linear feet. Correspondence, speeches, writings, legislation, case files, reports, scrapbooks, photographs, film, audio and video tapes, papers of aides, campaign ephemera and aides' papers relating to career in state house of representatives (1933-1934), attorney for Washington Emergency Relief Administration (1933), assistant United States district attorney (1934), King County prosecuting attorney (1933-1936), congressman (1937-1944), and senator (1945-1980). Papers reflect interest in health care, medical research, consumer legislation, civil rights legislation, and service on the Naval Affairs Committee and the Alaskan International Highway Commission. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: In Pierce County Central Labor Council records, 1890-1971; AFL-CIO Washington State Labor Council records, 1935-1985; Seattle Audubon Society records, 1909-1987; American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter records, 1894-1984; Walter Beals papers, 1916-1951; William Tryon Batcheller papers, ca. 1915-1970; Thomas E. Smith papers, 1933-1969; Double K Mountain Ranch collection, 1959-1969; Severn Sween papers, 1946-1958; Robert E. Burke collection, 1930-1945; George Andrew Lundberg papers, 1925-1965; Linden A. Mander papers, 1916-1968; Andrew Winberg papers, 1936-1964; and Alpine Lakes Protection Society records, 1968-1981 (bulk 1969-1976).

Washington State Historical Society
Tacoma, WA
Papers: 30 letters.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In John Collier papers, 1910-1987. Finding aid.

  • Magnuson, Warren G., and Jean Carper. The Dark Side of the Marketplace: The Plight of the American Consumer. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1968.
  • Magnuson, Warren G., and Elliot A. Segal. How Much for Health? Washington: R.B. Luce, 1974.
  • McMannon, Timothy Joseph. "Warren G. Magnuson and Consumer Protection." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, 1994.
  • Scates, Shelby. Warren G. Magnuson and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century America. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Congress of the United States, Together with Tributes Presented in Eulogy of Warren G. Magnuson, Late a Senator from Washington. 101st Cong., 1st sess., 1989. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1991.