SYMINGTON, William Stuart (Stuart) (1901-1988)

SYMINGTON, WILLIAM STUART (STUART), (father of James Wadsworth Symington, son-in-law of James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr.), a Senator from Missouri; born in Amherst, Hampshire County, Mass., June 26, 1901; soon after his birth the family moved to Baltimore, Md.; attended the public schools; enlisted as a private in the United States Army at seventeen years of age and was discharged as a second lieutenant; graduated from Yale University in 1923; reporter on a Baltimore newspaper; moved to Rochester, N.Y., and worked as an iron moulder and lathe operator 1923-1926, studying mechanical and electrical engineering at night and by correspondence; executive with several radio and steel companies 1926-1937; moved to St. Louis, Mo., and became president of the Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co. 1938-1945; chairman, Surplus Property Board 1945; Surplus Property Administrator 1945-1946; Assistant Secretary of War for Air 1946-1947; first Secretary of the Air Force 1947-1950; chairman of National Security Resources Board 1950-1951; Reconstruction Finance Corporation Administrator 1951-1952, from which office he resigned to run for nomination as United States Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1952; reelected in 1958, 1964 and 1970 and served from January 3, 1953, until his resignation on December 27, 1976; was not a candidate for reelection in 1976; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960; lived in New Canaan, Ct., until his death, December 14, 1988; interred in a crypt in Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

Arizona Historical Society
Tucson, AZ
Papers: Correspondence in William Rankin Mathews papers, 1931-1968.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 8 audiotapes (1960-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in interview with Kenneth C. Royall.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry records, 1842-1993.

Eastern Kentucky University
Special Collections and Archives
Richmond, KY
Papers: Correspondence in Keen Johnson papers, 1870-1970.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1976. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Walter Barton Leach papers, 1920-1971. Finding aid.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: October 6, 1976; November 18, 1977. 16 pages and 18 pages, respectively.

John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1964. 54 pages. Permission required.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Joseph Pulitzer papers, 1910-1958; and Clinton Presba Anderson papers, 1938-1972. Finding aid.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 10 items (1972-1976) in John O. Pastore papers.

Missouri Historical Society
St. Louis, MO
Papers: 1952-1970. 5 items.

Missouri State Archives
Jefferson City, MO
Papers: Miscellaneous correspondence in various collections.

State Historical Society of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collections
Columbia, MO
Papers: 1918-1995. 316.25 linear feet. 32 reels of 16mm microfilm, 2 reels of 35 mm microfilm,3 video tapes, 2 video cassettes, 2 CDs, 5 DVDs, 11 audio cassettes, 64 audio tapes. Congressional and personal correspondence, campaign materials, Aeronautical and Space Sciences and Agriculture and Forestry committee files, speeches, scrapbooks of clippings, appointment books and calendars, editorial cartoons, select invitations and itineraries, press files, staff memoranda, voting records, memorabilia and photographs. Finding aid.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence in Gore Vidal papers, 1888-1991; and Robert Lasch papers, 1940-1991. Finding aid.

Harry S. Truman Library
Independence, MO
Papers: 1946-1950. 6 feet. Papers as secretary of air force.

U.S. Air Force Historical Research Center
Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
Papers: Correspondence in Ennis Clement Whitehead papers, 1922-1954.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: August 2, 1974. 1 letter. To Harold Hughes.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1911-1959; and Margaret Bayne Price papers, 1918-1969. Finding aid.

University of Missouri, Rolla
Library
Rolla, MO
Papers: Correspondence in Edward Walter Sowers papers, 1942-1980.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Louis Arthur Johnson papers, ca. 1917-1918, 1930-1964. Finding aid.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage center
Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in Felix Edgar Wormser papers, 1940 1965. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: Correspondence in James William Fesler papers, 1918-1991; and Dean Acheson papers, 1898-1986.

  • Green, Murray. "Stuart Symington and the B-36.'' Ph.D. dissertation, American University, 1960.
  • McFarland, Linda. Cold War Strategist: Stuart Symington and the Search for National Security. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2001.
  • Olson, James C. "Beating the Odds in Missouri: Stuart Symington's First Campaign for the Senate, 1952." Missouri Historical Review 97 (2003): 204-233.
  • Olson, James C. Stuart Symington: A Life. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.
  • U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable Stuart Symington of Missouri in the United States Senate Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 94th Cong., 2d sess., 1976. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1977.
  • Wellman, Paul Iselin. Stuart Symington: Portrait of a Man with a Mission. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1960.