PEARSON, James Blackwood (1920-2009)

PEARSON, JAMES BLACKWOOD, a Senator from Kansas; born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., May 7, 1920; with his parents moved to Virginia in 1934 and attended the public schools of that State and Duke University, Durham, N.C.; during the Second World War interrupted schooling to serve as a pilot in the Naval Air Transport of the United States Navy 1943-1946, and was discharged as a lieutenant; graduated from the law school of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1950; admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Mission, Kans., in 1950; assistant county attorney of Johnson County, Kans., 1952-1954; county probate judge 1954-1956; member, State senate 1956-1960; did not seek reelection but returned to the practice of law; appointed on January 31, 1962, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Andrew F. Schoeppel; elected on November 6, 1962, in special election for the term ending January 3, 1967; reelected in 1966 for a full six-year term, and again in 1972; served from January 31, 1962, until his resignation December 23, 1978; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978; was a resident of Gloucester, Massachusetts, at the time of his death on January 13, 2009.

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

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Papers: 1962-1978. 405 linear feet. Senatorial papers including constituent correspondence, legislation files, Kansas office files, subject/issue files, speeches and statements, voting record, administrative files, press files, newspaper articles and newsletters, and photographs. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in James Ashford Manka papers, 1929-1970. Finding aid.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

  • Pearson, James B. "Oversight: A Vital Yet Neglected Congressional Function.'' University of Kansas Law Review 23 (Winter 1975): 277-88.
  • Seaton, Frederick D. "Man in the Middle: The Career of Senator James B. Pearson." Kansas History 34 (Winter 2011-2012): 297-315.