EAST, John Porter (1931-1986)

EAST, JOHN PORTER, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Springfield, Sangamon County, Ill., May 5, 1931; attended the public schools; graduated, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., 1953; graduated, University of Illinois Law School, Urbana 1959; earned graduate degrees from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1962 and 1964; served in the United States Marine Corps 1953-1955; admitted to the Florida bar in 1959 and commenced practice in Naples; professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., 1964-1980; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980 and served from January 3, 1981, until his death by suicide, June 29, 1986, in Greenville, N.C.; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

East Carolina University
Joyner Library
Greenville, NC
Papers: 1965-1986. Ca. 100 cubic feet. Congressional, business, and personal correspondence and papers. Senate material includes constituent correspondence on 460 microfilm reels, clippings, speeches, press releases, case files, photographs, video tape, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Drafts of several books written when he was a professor at ECU also are included. Finding aid. Partially restricted, inquire at repository.

  • East, John Porter. Council-Manager Government: The Political Thought of Its Founder, Richard S. Childs. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1965. East's doctoral dissertation (University of Florida, 1964).
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate of the United States and the House of Representatives Together with Tributes Presented in Eulogy of John P. East, Late a Senator from North Carolina. 99th Cong., 2d sess., 1986. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1986.