McGEE, Gale William (1915-1992)

MCGEE, GALE WILLIAM, a Senator from Wyoming; born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebr., March 17, 1915; attended public schools; graduated from Nebraska State Teachers College at Wayne in 1936, University of Colorado at Boulder in 1939; earned a graduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1947; professor of American history at Crofton (Nebr.) High School 1936-1937, Kearney (Nebr.) High School 1937-1940, Nebraska Wesleyan University 1940-1943, Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts 1943-1944, University of Notre Dame 1944-1945, University of Chicago 1945-1946, and University of Wyoming 1946-1958; legislative assistant to Senator Joseph C. O'Mahoney of Wyoming in 1955 and 1956; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1958; reelected in 1964 and 1970 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1977; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1976; chairman, Committee on Post Office and Civil Service (Ninety-first through Ninety-fourth Congresses); specialized in problems of appropriations and foreign relations and served on subcommittees in these areas; representative to the Organization of American States; president and founder of Gale W. McGee Associates, Washington, D.C.; senior consultant, Hill and Knowlton, Inc. 1987-1989; was a resident of Bethesda, Md., until his death on April 9, 1992; interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Boise State University Library
Boise, ID
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Church papers, 1941-1984. Finding aid.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 3 audiotapes (1968-1973) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

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

Iowa State University Library
Department of Special Collections
Ames, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Louis Bernard Schmidt papers, 1864-1975. Finding aid.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: February 10 and March 10, 1969. 50 pages and 23 pages.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: 1979. 110 pages. Association of Former Members of Congress.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral History: 1971. 7 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: 1916-1992 (1959-1976 bulk). 534 cubic feet. Congressional and personal papers including: departmental files (1959-76; 189 cu.ft.); Wyoming Post Office files (1960-70; 2.7 cu.ft.); committee files (1958-76; 54.9 cu.ft.); environmental issue files (1974-76; 1.8 cu.ft.); appointment books and schedules (1959-90; 2.5 cu.ft.); speeches and trip files (1959-91; 15.5 cu.ft.); campaign files (1958-76; 5.5 cu.ft.); miscellaneous, including scrapbooks (1958-76; 7.94 cu.ft.); personal files (1937-92; 21 cu.ft.); photographs (1916-80; 10.37 cu.ft.); audio-visual material (1955-74; 21.2 cu.ft.); and artifacts, including a bust (1958-76; 2.55 cu.ft). Finding aid available on-line at
Oral History: 1992. Transcripts.

Wyoming State Archives
Cheyenne, WY
Papers: A few miscellaneous articles.

  • McDaniel, Rodger. The Man in the Arena: The Life and Times of U.S. Senator Gale McGee. Lincoln, Nebraska: Potomac Books, 2018.
  • McGee, Gale W. "After Panama: Some Lessons and Opportunities in the Aftermath of the Canal Treaties Debate.'' South Atlantic Quarterly 78 (Winter 1979): 1-16.
  • ___. "A China Policy for the United States.'' South Atlantic Quarterly 76 (Autumn 1977): 424-37.
  • ___. "The Economic Effects of the Stamp Act on England.'' Master's thesis, University of Colorado, 1939.
  • ___. "Executive Power in Foreign Policy-Making: Expansion or Curtailment?'' Capitol Studies 1 (Fall 1972): 3-8.
  • ___. "The Founding Fathers and Entangling Alliances.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1947.
  • ___. "Is the Midwest Really Isolationist?'' In The Midwest: Myth or Reality?, edited by Thomas T. McAvoy, pp. 43-50. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1961.
  • ___. "The Monroe Doctrine--A Stopgap Measure.'' Mississippi Valley Historical Review 38 (June 1951-March 1952): 233-50.
  • ___. "The President and the Senate in Foreign Policy.'' In The Virginia Papers on the Presidency, vol. 15, edited by Kenneth W. Thompson, pp. 83-93. White Burkett Miller Center Forums, 1983, part 4. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983.
  • ___. The Responsibilities of World Power. Washington: National Press, 1968.
  • ___. "A U.S. Perspective.'' In U.S. Policies toward Mexico: Perceptions and Perspectives, edited by Richard D. Erb and Stanley R. Ross, pp. 40-45. Washington: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1979.
  • ___. "What Irrigation Means to Wyoming.'' Journal of the West 7 (January 1968): 6-9.
  • ___. "Why We Should Ratify the Panama Canal Treaties.'' Orbis 21 (Fall 1977): 535-45.
  • McGee, Gale W., and John Buchanan. "A Fourth Branch of Government: A Conversation between John Buchanan and Gale McGee.'' Kettering Review (Fall 1987): 33-43.