PERCY, Charles Harting (1919-2011)
Senate Years of Service: 1967-1985

PERCY, CHARLES HARTING, (father-in-law of John D. [Jay] Rockefeller IV), a Senator from Illinois; born in Pensacola, Escambia County, Fla., September 27, 1919; attended public schools in Chicago and Winnetka, Ill.; graduated from the University of Chicago in 1941; joined the company of Bell & Howell; during the Second World War enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 as an apprentice seaman and was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant; after the war, rejoined the company of Bell & Howell, eventually becoming president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board; appointed as President Dwight Eisenhower's personal representative to presidential inaugurations in Peru and Bolivia with rank of special ambassador 1956; unsuccessful candidate for governor of Illinois in 1964; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1966; reelected in 1972 and 1978 and served from January 3, 1967, until January 3, 1985; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1984; chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations (Ninety-seventh and Ninety-eighth Congresses); president, Charles Percy and Associates, Inc.; served on the boards of several foundations and committees; was a resident of Washington, D.C., until his death on September 17, 2011.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 24 audiotapes (1966-1980) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1939-1963 and 1967-1984. Ca. 1,800 feet. Chiefly Senate papers including correspondence, speeches, articles, reports, press releases, clippings, and other papers. Correspondence closed for 20 years.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral history: 1970. 33 leaves. Includes discussion of Dwight Eisenhower, Republican politics, Commission on National Goals, Committee on Programs and Progress, recession, Sputnik, and National Defense Education Act. In Eisenhower administration project. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Charles Abrahams papers, 1923-1970.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Abilene, KS
Oral history: 1970. 33 leaves. Furnished by Columbia University.

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

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Dorothy F. Rodgers papers, 1922-1987; and Thyra E. Pedersen papers, 1923-1974.

Rockefeller Archive Center
North Tarrytown, NY
Papers: In Rockefeller Brothers Fund records, 1956-1960. Portions restricted.

Sangamon State University
Brookens Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: Correspondence in James Carson Worthy papers, 1961-1971.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: Speech in Mississippi Council on Human Relations records, 1964-1976; and correspondence in Foundation for Freedom and Democracy in Community Life records, 1951-1966; and Creed C. Black papers, 1943-1990.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1983; and Elly Peterson papers, 1961-1985. Finding aid.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in Harry Barnard papers, 1925-1977.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982; and Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970.
Research Libraries Information Network: In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Hagley Museum and Library, Greenville, DE; State University of New York, Poetry and Rare Books, Buffalo, NY; University of Illinois, Illinois Historical Survey, Urbana, IL; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA.

  • Cleveland, Martha. Charles Percy: Strong New Voice from Illinois. Jacksonville, IL: Harris-Wolfe, 1968.
  • Hartley, Robert E. Charles H. Percy: A Political Perspective. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1975.
  • Murray, David. Charles Percy of Illinois. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
  • Percy, Charles H. Growing Old in the Country of the Young. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1974.
  • ___. I Want to Know About the United States Senate. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1976.