Representative, Senator John Little MCCLELLAN

YEARS 1896-1977
OFFICE Representative, Senator
STATE Arkansas
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 74th (1935-1937), 75th (1937-1939), 78th (1943-1945), 79th (1945-1947), 80th (1947-1949), 81st (1949-1951), 82nd (1951-1953), 83rd (1953-1955), 84th (1955-1957), 85th (1957-1959), 86th (1959-1961), 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)

Representative, Senator John Little MCCLELLAN Biography

McCLELLAN, John Little, a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born in Sheridan, Grant County, Ark., February 25, 1896; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1913, when he was seventeen; commenced practice in Sheridan, Ark.; during the First World War served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps 1917-1919; moved to Malvern, Ark., in 1919 and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of the seventh judicial district of Arkansas 1927-1930; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress; reelected to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate in 1938 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law in Camden, Ark.; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1942; reelected in 1948, 1954, 1960, 1966 and 1972 and served from January 3, 1943, until his death; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); Committee on Government Operations (Eighty-fourth through Ninety-second Congresses), Select Committee on Labor Management Relations (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Appropriations (Ninety-second through Ninety-fifth Congresses); died in Little Rock, Ark., November 28, 1977; interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Broadcast Pioneers Library University of Maryland Hornbake Library College Park, MD Papers: 6 audiotapes (1961-1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981. Dakota State University Karl E. Mundt Library Madison, SD Papers: Correspondence in Karl E. Mundt papers, 1927-1972. Finding aid. Gerald R. Ford Library Ann Arbor, MI Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid. Library of Congress Manuscripts Division Washington, DC Papers: Material relating to his legal work with McClellan in Theodore Granick papers, 1930-1970. Finding aid. Ouachita Baptist University Riley-Hickingbotham Library Arkadelphia, AR Papers: 1942-1977. 1,200 feet. Official papers covering senatorial career including correspondence, scrapbooks (1922-1977) of newspaper articles, government documents, voting records, photographs, cartoons, audiotapes, films, personal library, and memorabilia. Finding aid. State Historical Society of Wisconsin Archives Division Madison, WI Papers: Correspondence in Clark R. Mollenhoff papers, 1936-1990; and recordings (1958) of the McClellan hearings on the UAW-Kohler cases held by the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. Finding aid. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections Fayetteville, AR Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Brann Caldwell papers, 1912-1975. Finding aid. University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies Athens, GA Oral History: 1971. 7 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell. University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library Ann Arbor, MI Papers: Correspondence in Timms family papers, 1919-1967; James Kerr Pollock papers, 1920-1968; and Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954. Finding aid. University of Virginia Alderman Library Charlottesville, VA Papers: In Woodford McClellan papers, 1969-1978. Wayne State University Walter P. Reuther Library Detroit, MI Papers: Correspondence in International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America president’s office records, 1933-1970.


Laymon, Sherry. Fearless: John L. McClellan, United States Senator. Mustang, Okla.: Tate Publishing, 2011. McClellan, John L. Crime Without Punishment. 1962. Reprint. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1976. U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of John L. McClellan, Late a Senator from Arkansas. 95th Cong., 1st sess., 1978. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1978. Williams, Nancy A., ed. Arkansas Biography: A Collection of Notable Lives. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000: 184-185.

John Little MCCLELLAN Committee Assignments

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