TYDINGS, Joseph Davies (1928-2018)
Senate Years of Service: 1965-1971

TYDINGS, JOSEPH DAVIES, (son of Millard Evelyn Tydings), a Senator from Maryland; born in Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., May 4, 1928; attended the public schools of Aberdeen, Md.; graduated from McDonogh School in 1946, the University of Maryland in 1950, and the University of Maryland Law School in 1953; served in Army of Occupation, European Theater of Operations after the Second World War, corporal, Sixth Constabulary Regiment; admitted to the bar in 1952 and commenced the practice of law; member, Maryland house of delegates 1955-1961; United States attorney for Maryland 1961-1963; United States representative at the Interpol Conference in Helsinki, Finland, and at the International Penal Conference in Bellagio, Italy, in 1963; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1964, and served from January 3, 1965, to January 3, 1971; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Ninety-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970; member, Board of Regents of the University of Maryland 1974-1984, serving as chairman 1982-1984; member, Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland 2000-2005; senior counsel, law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin and Oshinsky, Washington, D.C.; was a resident of Harford County, Md.; died on October 8, 2018.

John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral history: 1965. 23 pages. Permission required to quote.

Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, MD
Papers: Letters (1966, 1969) in the George Radcliffe papers and the D. Luke Hopkins collection.

Mississippi State University
Mitchell Memorial Library
Mississippi State, MS
Papers: 1966. 1 letter in the Hodding and Betty Werlein Carter papers.

University of Maryland
Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections
College Park, MD
Papers: 1930-1986 (bulk1964-1970). 23.5 linear feet. Congressional, business, and personal correspondence and papers primarily relating to his Senate service from 1964 to 1970. Also relates to his grandfather, his stepfather Millard Tydings, term in Maryland House of Delegates, appointment as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, and his work for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign. Also documented is his attempt to recapture his former Senate seat in 1976. Document types include hearing transcripts, speeches, voting records, newspaper clipings, and audio-visual materials. Subjects covered include crime in the District of Columbia, gun control, judicial reform, and population control. Finding aid available on line.
Papers: Campaign materials in Carl Bode papers, 1941-1974; and correspondence in Ann R. Hull papers, 1964-1971.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Margaret Warden papers, 1944-1987; and Margaret Bayne Price papers, 1918-1969. Finding aid.

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

Wayne State University
Walter P. Reuther Library
Detroit, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Alex Pilch papers, 1967-1972.

  • Davidson, Roger H. "Campaigns and Elections: Two Cases. 'I Guess I was Just Too Liberal': Joseph Tydings of Maryland." In On Capitol Hill: Studies in the Legislative Process, by John F. Bibby and Roger H. Davidson, pp. 25-51. 1967. 2d ed. Hinsdale, IL: Dryden Publications, 1972.
  • Tydings, Joseph D. Born to Starve. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1970.