Representative, Senator Charles McCurdy MATHIAS Jr

YEARS 1922- 2010
OFFICE Representative, Senator
STATE Maryland
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 87th (1961-1963), 88th (1963-1965), 89th (1965-1967), 90th (1967-1969), 91st (1969-1971), 92nd (1971-1973), 93rd (1973-1975), 94th (1975-1977), 95th (1977-1979), 96th (1979-1981), 97th (1981-1983), 98th (1983-1985), 99th (1985-1987)

Representative, Senator Charles McCurdy MATHIAS Jr Biography

MATHIAS, Charles McCurdy, Jr., a Representative and a Senator from Maryland; born in Frederick, Md., July 24, 1922; attended the public schools; graduated from Haverford College (Pa.) in 1944; attended Yale University; received law degree from the University of Maryland in 1949; admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Frederick, Md., in 1949; during the Second World War enlisted in the United States Navy as an apprentice seaman in 1942; commissioned an ensign in 1944 and was on sea duty in the Pacific Ocean area from 1944 until released from active duty in 1946; captain in the Naval Reserve; assistant attorney general of Maryland 1953-1954; city attorney of Frederick, Md., 1954-1959; member of Maryland house of delegates 1959-1960; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961-January 3, 1969); was not a candidate for reelection, but was elected to the United States Senate in 1968; reelected in 1974 and 1980 and served from January 3, 1969, until January 3, 1987; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Special Committee on Termination of the National Emergency (Ninety-second through Ninety-fourth Congresses), co-chairman, Joint Committee on Printing (Ninety-seventh and Ninety-ninth Congresses), Joint Committee on the Library (Ninety-eighth and Ninety-ninth Congresses), chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration (Ninety-seventh through Ninety-ninth Congresses); practiced law in Washington, D.C.; was a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, until his death on January 25, 2010; private burial. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Boise State University Library Boise State, ID Papers: Correspondence in Frank Church papers, 1941-1984. Finding aid. Broadcast Pioneers Library University of Maryland Hornbake Library College Park, MD Papers: 11 audiotapes (1970-1975) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981. Gerald R. Ford Library Ann Arbor, MI Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid. Johns Hopkins University Milton S. Eisenhower Library Baltimore, MD Papers: 1940-1990. 1,113 linear feet. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence, photographs, video tape, sound recordings, and memorabilia documenting his service in the House and Senate. Includes administrative and management files; legislative research files; speeches, statements, and articles written for publication; Congressional Record inserts, legislative reprints; constituent mail on legislative issues with the senator’s responses; record vote analyses; campaign materials; news clippings; photographs; video tapes; records of travel; memberships, awards, and honors; and some files from service in the Maryland house of delegates, 1958-1960. Personal items include biographical material, Navy records from service in World War II, and correspondence. Oral History: Discussed in interview (1986) with Carrie Johnson, staff member. 4 reels. Restricted. University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies Athens, GA Oral History: 1971. 5 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell. University of Virginia Alderman Library Charlottesville, VA Papers: Correspondence in Stuart E. Brown papers, 1946-1978 (bulk 1953-1972); and Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Yale University Libraries Manuscripts and Archives New Haven, CT Papers: In Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970.


Mathias, Charles McC., Jr. “Advice and Consent: The Role of the United States Senate in the Judicial Selection Process.” University of Chicago Law Review 54 (Winter 1987): 200-207. ___. “Executive Privilege and Congressional Responsibility in Foreign Affairs.” In Secrecy and Foreign Policy, edited by Thomas M. Franck and Edward Weisband, pp. 69-86. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974. ___. “Managing the District of Columbia.” In We Propose: A Modern Congress. Selected Proposals by the House Republican Task Force on Congressional Reform and Minority Staffing, edited by Mary McInnis, pp. 271-78. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1966. ___. “National Emergencies and the Constitution.” Congressional Studies 7 (Spring 1979): 5-9. ___. “Should There Be Public Financing of Congressional Campaigns?” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 486 (July 1986): 64-75. ___. “The War Powers Resolution: Resolving the Dilemma.” SAIS Review 5 (Winter-Spring 1985): 43-49. U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. in the United States Senate, Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 99th Cong., 2d sess., 1986. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1986.

Charles McCurdy MATHIAS Jr Committee Assignments

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