STAFFORD, Robert Theodore (1913-2006)

STAFFORD, ROBERT THEODORE, a Representative and a Senator from Vermont; born in Rutland, Vt., August 8, 1913; educated in the public schools of Rutland; graduated, Middlebury College 1935; attended the University of Michigan Law School; graduated, Boston University Law School 1938; Rutland County prosecuting attorney 1938-1942; during the Second World War served on active duty in the United States Navy as a lieutenant commander 1942-1946, and during the Korean conflict 1951-1953; captain in the United States Navy Reserve; Rutland County State's attorney 1947-1951; deputy State attorney general 1953-1955; State attorney general 1955-1957; lieutenant governor 1957-1959; Governor of Vermont 1959-1961; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh Congress in 1960; reelected to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1961, until his resignation from the House of Representatives, September 16, 1971, to accept appointment the same day to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Winston L. Prouty; elected by special election January 7, 1972, to complete the unexpired term ending January 3, 1977; reelected in 1976 and again in 1982 and served from September 16, 1971, to January 3, 1989; not a candidate for reelection in 1988; chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works (Ninety-seventh through Ninety-ninth Congresses); died on December 23, 2006, in Rutland, Vt.; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Vt.

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

University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: 1959-1988. 605 linear feet. Gubernatorial papers (1959-1961), 5 feet; and congressional papers (1961-1988). Includes correspondence with colleagues, officials, and constituents; newspaper clippings; radio reports; legislative files; staff files; campaign materials; speeches; travel files; voting record analysis; press files; microfilm of constituent correspondence; and state office files. Principal subjects for the House of Representatives include armed services, particularly naval matters, ethics, and the Wednesday Club. For the Senate, they include environment, education, and handicapped issues and legislation. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: In Winston Lewis Prouty papers, 1951-1971. Finding aid.

  • Stafford, Robert T., et al. How to End the Draft: The Case for an All-Volunteer Army. Washington: National Press, 1967.