TUNNEY, John Varick (1934-2018)

TUNNEY, JOHN VARICK, a Representative and a Senator from California; born in New York City, June 26, 1934; graduated from Yale University 1956; attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague, Netherlands, in 1957; graduated from the law school of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1959; admitted to the Virginia and New York bars in 1959 and commenced practice in New York City; joined the United States Air Force as a judge advocate and served until discharged as a captain in April 1963; taught business law at the University of California at Riverside in 1961 and 1962; admitted to practice law in California in 1963; special adviser to the President's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime 1963-1968; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1965, until his resignation January 2, 1971; was not a candidate for reelection, but was elected in 1970 to the United States Senate for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1971; subsequently appointed by the Governor, January 2, 1971, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George Murphy for the term ending January 3, 1971; served from January 2, 1971, until his resignation January 1, 1977; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1976; resumed the practice of law in Los Angeles; was a resident of Beverly Hills, Calif., until his death on January 12, 2018.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 10 audiotapes (1970-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: Discussed in interviews with John A. Fitz Randolph (1989), 260 pages; and Lucien C. Haas (1989), 344 pages.

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

State University of New York
Poetry and Rare Books
Buffalo, NY
Papers: 2 letters (1973-1974) to Kenneth Rexroth.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: Ca. 1964-1976. 26 cartons. Additional letters and photographs in various collections.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1 letter (1974) to Vera Dreiser in Theodore Dreiser papers, 1890-1965.

University of Texas
Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In Jessica Mitford papers, 1949-1973 (bulk 1961-1973).

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: Correspondence in Dewey Anderson papers, 1939-1978.

  • Tunney, John Varick. The Changing Dream. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1975.