McCLELLAN, John Little (1896-1977)

MCCLELLAN, JOHN LITTLE, a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born in Sheridan, Grant County, Ark., February 25, 1896; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1913, when he was seventeen; commenced practice in Sheridan, Ark.; during the First World War served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps 1917-1919; moved to Malvern, Ark., in 1919 and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of the seventh judicial district of Arkansas 1927-1930; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress; reelected to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate in 1938 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law in Camden, Ark.; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1942; reelected in 1948, 1954, 1960, 1966 and 1972 and served from January 3, 1943, until his death; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); Committee on Government Operations (Eighty-fourth through Ninety-second Congresses), Select Committee on Labor Management Relations (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Appropriations (Ninety-second through Ninety-fifth Congresses); died in Little Rock, Ark., November 28, 1977; interment in Roselawn Memorial Park.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 6 audiotapes (1961-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Dakota State University
Karl E. Mundt Library
Madison, SD
Papers: Correspondence in Karl E. Mundt papers, 1927-1972. Finding aid.

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

Library of Congress
Manuscripts Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Material relating to his legal work with McClellan in Theodore Granick papers, 1930-1970. Finding aid.

Ouachita Baptist University
Riley-Hickingbotham Library
Arkadelphia, AR
www.obu.edu/library/mcclellancollection
Papers: 1942-1977. 1,200 feet. Official papers covering senatorial career including correspondence, scrapbooks (1922-1977) of newspaper articles, government documents, voting records, photographs, cartoons, audiotapes, films, personal library, and memorabilia. Finding aid.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence in Clark R. Mollenhoff papers, 1936-1990; and recordings (1958) of the McClellan hearings on the UAW-Kohler cases held by the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. Finding aid.

University of Arkansas
Special Collections
Fayetteville, AR
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Brann Caldwell papers, 1912-1975. 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 Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Timms family papers, 1919-1967; James Kerr Pollock papers, 1920-1968; and Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In Woodford McClellan papers, 1969-1978.

Wayne State University
Walter P. Reuther Library
Detroit, MI
Papers: Correspondence in International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America president's office records, 1933-1970.

  • Laymon, Sherry. Fearless: John L. McClellan, United States Senator. Mustang, Okla.: Tate Publishing, 2011.
  • McClellan, John L. Crime Without Punishment. 1962. Reprint. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1976.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of John L. McClellan, Late a Senator from Arkansas. 95th Cong., 1st sess., 1978. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1978.
  • Williams, Nancy A., ed. Arkansas Biography: A Collection of Notable Lives. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000: 184-185.