EAGLETON, Thomas Francis (1929-2007)
Senate Years of Service: 1968-1987

EAGLETON, THOMAS FRANCIS, a Senator from Missouri; born in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Mo., September 4, 1929; enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1948 to 1949; graduated, Amherst College 1950; graduated, Harvard Law School 1953; elected circuit attorney of St. Louis, Mo., 1956; elected attorney general of Missouri 1960; elected lieutenant governor of Missouri 1964; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1968 for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1969; subsequently appointed December 28, 1968, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward V. Long for the term ending January 3, 1969; reelected in 1974 and 1980, and served from December 28, 1968, to January 3, 1987; unsuccessful Democratic vice-presidential candidate 1972; lawyer; was a resident of St. Louis, Mo., until his death on March 4, 2007; willed body to Washington University for medical research purposes.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 28 audiotapes (1972-1975) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral history: Discussed in interview with Charles A. O'Brien, 115 pages.

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

Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Raoul Berger papers, 1921-1982 (bulk 1969-1971).

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph R. Starobin papers, 1932-1979.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral history: 1971. 9 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collections
Columbia, MO
Papers: 1944-1987. 419 linear feet. Pre-congressional, congressional, and personal papers and correspondence, photographs, motion picture film, video tape, sound recordings, microfilm, campaign material and memorabilia. Senate papers include administrative assistant files, legislative files, political files, public activities files, administrative files, press materials, clippings, committee files, project files, academies files, and state office records. Finding aid. Some files closed except with written permission.
Papers: Correspondence in Rita Overbeck papers, 1939-1983; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, St. Louis Chapter records, 1962-1975; and Dismas House records, 1919-1978.

  • Eagleton, Thomas F. "Congress and the War Powers.'' Missouri Law Review 37 (Winter 1972): 1-32.
  • ___. Issues in Business and Government. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991.
  • ___. War and Presidential Power: A Chronicle of Congressional Surrender. New York: Liveright, 1974.
  • Giglio, James N. "The Eagleton Affair: Thomas Eagleton, George McGovern, and the 1972 Vice Presidential Nomination." Presidential Studies Quarterly 39 (Dec. 2009): 647-676.
  • Goldstein, Joel K. "Assuming Responsibility: Thomas F. Eagleton, the Senate, and the Bombing of Cambodia." Saint Louis University Law Journal 52 (Fall 2007): 151-185.
  • Kottmeyer, William, and Thomas F. Eagleton. Our Constitution and What It Means. 6th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Book Co., School Division, 1987.
  • Sarvis, Will “‘I Enjoyed My Work in the Senate’: An Oral Interview with Thomas F. Eagleton.”Missouri Historical Review 102 (Oct. 2007): 42–57.
  • U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable Thomas F. Eagleton in the United States Senate, Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 99th Cong., 2d sess., 1986. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1987.