JENNER, William Ezra (1908-1985)

JENNER, WILLIAM EZRA, a Senator from Indiana; born in Marengo, Crawford County, Ind., July 21, 1908; attended public and preparatory schools; graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1930 and from that university's law school in 1930; admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in Paoli, Ind., in 1932; member, State senate 1934-1942, serving as minority leader 1937-1939, majority leader and president pro tempore 1939-1941; resigned his seat in 1942 to serve in the Second World War; served overseas and retired as a captain in the Army Air Corps in 1944; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 7, 1944, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Frederick Van Nuys and served from November 14, 1944, to January 3, 1945; was not a candidate for election to the full term; elected to the United States Senate in 1946 for the term commencing January 3, 1947; reelected in 1952, and served from January 3, 1947, until January 3, 1959; was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; co-chairman, Joint Committee on Printing (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses), chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration (Eighty-third Congress); resumed the practice of law; died in Bedford, Ind., March 9, 1985; interment at Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, Bedford, Ind.

Hanover College Archives
Agnes Brown Duggan Library
Hanover, IN
Papers 1931-1985, 33 linear feet.
Speeches, 1940-1958; committee files, 1944-1958; legal files, constituent and general correspondence, 1931-1958; radio and television broadcast speeches, press releases, and personal papers, 1940-1985; and photographs, radio and film recordings, and scrapbooks, 1946-1958. Collection focus is on national and international issues of the late 1940s and 1950s. Finding aid available on-line.

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, CA
Papers: In Kurt Glaser collection, 1949-1970.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in O. Bruce Lane papers, 1865-1971.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Kurt F. Pantzer papers, 1878-1979; and Ralph F. Gates papers, 1941-1975.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963; and Owen J. Cleary papers, 1944-1959. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in Charles Parsons papers, 1880-1965; and George Howard Edward Smith papers, 1917-1962.

  • Liebowitz, Irving. "Senator William E. Jenner." In Indiana History: A Book of Readings, compiled and edited by Ralph D. Gray, pp. 363-71. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.
  • Poder, Michael Paul. "The Senatorial Career of William E. Jenner.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Notre Dame, 1976.
  • Ross, Rodney Joel. "Senator William E. Jenner: A Study in Cold War Isolationism.'' D.Ed. dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1973.